Three arrested in Monday brawl in Milton-Freewater

A fight involving up to 10 people broke out Monday afternoon on Main Street, police said.

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MILTON-FREEWATER -- Three area residents were arrested Monday following a public brawl that involved up to 10 people, authorities said.

Arrested after the fight were Eduardo Carlos Torres, 22, of 503 N.W. Eighth Ave., on suspicion of riot and interfering with police; Sheryl Ann Haws, 40, of 811 N. Main St., on suspicion of riot, second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with police; and Joseph Demetrio De Jesus, 22, on suspicion of riot, second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with police.

Torres, Haws and De Jesus were booked into Umatilla County Jail. Torres was also arrested on a misdemeanor warrant out of Umatilla County, and on suspicion of unlawful use of a motor vehicle from a previous case.

Police Chief Doug Boedigheimer said that about 4 p.m. on Monday, a police officer patrolling the 800 block of North Main Street noticed a group of between 10 and 15 people who looked poised to brawl.

While additional officers arrived for support, between seven and 10 of the individuals had started fighting. The four officers were able to break up the fight, but several of the participants ran as police arrived. Several are believed to have run into Haws's residence, Boedigheimer said.

Torres, Haws and De Jesus were arrested at the scene. Boedigheimer said his officers were able to restrain the people and make the arrests without the use of force beyond verbal commands and using handcuffs, despite the individuals' belligerence.

Several of the people at the scene, including those arrested, were making threats to the officers verbally and through posturing, Boedigheimer said.

"These people are out of control, as far as I'm concerned," he said.

Boedigheimer said he was also concerned that the fight occurred mid-day, while many children were still leaving school.

Boedigheimer said his department had received a call earlier from a city resident who had observed a group of people fighting with shovels and pipes, but it was not clear if the earlier report was related to the Main Street fight.

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