Arrests made in violent River Park brawl caught on camera

CBS47 Investigates

Two arrests were made in a violent brawl that happened in River Park earlier this month, the Fresno Police Department said Thursday.

Two juveniles were arrested Thursday morning, but detectives were still searching for an adult male, Darrius Hill, 22, in the case.

Police say Hill is on probation, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and battery with serious bodily injury.

The juveniles were taken into custody and were being processed in juvenile hall.

The brawl at the River Park Shopping Center in northeast Fresno left a man unconscious and a community questioning their safety. The video of the fight, which was posted on Twitter shows a group of young men brazenly punching and kicking several people outside the popular Edwards theater.

So the big question, is River Park becoming unsafe? That’s the question many debated on social media after the brawl broke out a couple of weekends ago, in front of the Regal Edwards Theatre.

Fresno police said as many as 30 people possibly took part in the brawl on May 4.

The video shows a group striking two men, often in the head.

It goes on to show a River Park security guard right in the middle of the brawl, but unable to stop it.

Angela Horn told CBS47, “You don’t want to be in the middle of all that stuff. It shouldn’t be that way this should be a safe area.”

Her friend, Sherry Cavalla said, “I have a 15-year-old grand-daughter and she doesn’t get to do that at night, and I don’t think she should.”

Social media comments were similar, one person wrote, “This is why I don’t go to River Park anymore.”

But others disagree and say it’s one of the safest areas in town.

Sara Flanagan, who sits in River Park daily studying to become a nurse, says, “I think it is young kids and they could go anywhere. They want to go somewhere where it shown and see a lot of people watching it.”

Both Fresno Police and Turner Security, who watch over River Park are taking the attack very seriously and have increased patrols since the brawl happened.

This is the second attack caught on camera, in January of 2018, a girl was arrested for starting a fight and threatening others with a taser-like device.

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