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Update: Man Stabbed In Wednesday Night Fight

Todd PittengerFebruary 28, 2018

A fight in downtown Salina early Wednesday evening involving multiple people left two of them bloodied, one with a stab wound the other with a laceration.

Police told KSAL News at the scene that officers were dispatched at around  5:00 to a report of a fight in progress in a parking lot in the 100 block of South 7th Street, behind Martinelli’s Little Italy Restaurant.  When the first officers arrived the fight had broke up, and one suspect involved had fled.

The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Aaron Harter of Salina, ran and was found a short time later, hiding in a bathroom inside the restaurant. He was taken into custody.

Police Sergeant Mike Miller tells KSAL News that Harter got into a verbal argument with a group of three men in a truck from Abilene. The fight escalated when 35-year-old Jason Peterson jumped out of the truck to punch Harter. Police say when Harter pulled out a folding knife the two men in the truck grabbed hammers and began swinging them at Harter.

All four men were arrested on similar charges for aggravated battery, simple battery and disorderly conduct. Peterson suffered a broken hand and was treated at the hospital for lacerations under his armpit and left biceps with multiple stitches or staples.

Officers report Harter was intoxicated and had a cut over his eye when he was taken into custody. Police also arrested Zachary Ruehlen, 28 of Abilene and Travis Jeffrey, 23 of Abilene in connection to the fight.

 

Original Story:

A fight in downtown Salina early Wednesday evening involving multiple people left two of them bloodied, one with a stab wound the other with a laceration.

Police told KSAL News at the scene that officers were dispatched at around  5:00 to a report of a fight in progress in a parking lot in the 100 block of South 7th Street, behind Martinelli’s Little Italy Restaurant.  When the first officers arrived the fight had broke up, and one suspect involved had fled.

The suspect who fled was found a short time later, hiding in a bathroom inside the restaurant. He was taken into custody.

EMS responded to both locations.

One person was treated for a non-life threatening stab wound at the 7th Street fight location.

The suspect who was taken into custody at the restaurant was suffering from a laceration to the head area. He first ran to the downtown Dollar General Store, where he said he was bleeding “because he gets bloody noses”, before then running and hiding in the restaurant bathroom. EMS told him his laceration should probably be treated with stitches or staples, but he refused treatment.

Police say that four people were involved in the fight.

More specific details, including names of those involved, were not immediately available as police worked the scene Wednesday evening.

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