News Release – January 19, 2024

Disturbance at Dairy Queen Leads to Multiple Arrests

On January 18, 2024, at about 11:15, police received reports of a fight that was taking place at Dairy Queen located at Central Ave and Stewart Blvd. As officers were on route, more information was received that someone in the altercation was in possession of a knife. As officers arrived on scene they found that two suspects were fleeing the restaurant. They were located and both arrested in the area. Further investigation revealed that two males, 15 and 18 years of age, attended Dairy Queen and approached the black, male, victim. They uttered derogatory, racial slurs to the victim which instigated the physical altercation. This resulted in the victim being assaulted as he was punched in the head and body. Multiple others became involved in the altercation in attempts to break it up. At some point during the altercation, one of the suspects is seen brandishing a knife. Later after the arrest, it was found that both were in possession of knives and a substance believed to be cocaine. The victim received non-life-threatening injuries. The two male suspects were held for a bail hearing and both charged with criminal harassment, assault, carry concealed weapon, possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, uttering threats, assault with a weapon, mischief under $5,000.00 and possession of cocaine. This incident is being investigated as a hate motivated crime.