March 23, 2010

Cops tag four teens in bat brawl

Kennebec Journal Staff

WATERVILLE -- A man was hospitalized Sunday night after he was hit in the head with a baseball bat during a street fight that led to four arrests, police said.

The fracas started around 10 p.m. at the intersection of Front Street and College Avenue, according to Deputy Police Chief Charles Rumsey.

Police got a call around 10:15 p.m. that a male was obstructing traffic near the intersection, and when Officer Tristan Russell arrived a large group of people were fighting, he said.

Russell ordered the fighting to stop, but when two did not, pepper spray was used on Adam Bajpai, 18, of 20 Maple St., Apt. 2, and Jordan Vigue, 18, of Winslow, Rumsey said.

"Two of them wouldn't stop fighting, and Officer Russell used pepper spray to subdue Vigue and take him into custody, and then Bajpai was arrested and secured in the back of a police cruiser. He immediately began to try to kick the windows out of the cruiser and ultimately was subdued by use of pepper spray."

Bajpai was charged with disorderly conduct and refusing to submit to arrest or detention; he also was summonsed for minor possessing liquor, Rumsey said. His bail was set at $500 cash, but he was uncooperative with the bail person and was taken to Kennebec County Jail in Augusta, Rumsey said.

Vigue was suffering from a gash to the back of his head and was very combative, Rumsey said.

Vigue was taken to Thayer Campus, MaineGeneral Medical Center, by Delta Ambulance, and was combative with ambulance and hospital staff, Rumsey said.

"He was intoxicated," he said. "He was admitted into the hospital and is very likely to be charged with disorderly conduct and possession of alcohol when he is released."

Rumsey said that Vigue was listed in stable condition Monday afternoon.

Police learned that Vigue was struck in the back of the head with a baseball bat during the fight, Rumsey said.

"The baseball bat was wielded by a 17-year-old female from Waterville. She was arrested and charged with elevated aggravated assault, a Class A felony; disorderly conduct, for fighting; and a minor in possession of liquor," Rumsey said.

She was released to her mother, Rumsey said. Police did not release her name because she is juvenile.

Bajpai's brother, Joshua Bajpai, 23, also of 20 Maple St., Apt. 2, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and violation of conditions of release, he said. He was out on bail for numerous counts of criminal mischief and failure to appear in court, Rumsey said. He also was taken to jail.

Another male, 17, was at the scene and found to be consuming liquor, Rumsey said. He was on juvenile probation, so a probation hold was placed on him, and he was taken to Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston, he said.

Police learned that the fight started after Vigue was en route to Maple Street to confront people about an earlier argument, Rumsey said. The two groups met on College Avenue where a verbal confrontation escalated into a physical one, he said.

"Basically, our officers were confronted with a pretty large group of intoxicated young people acting very aggressively and violently," he said.

Passers-by saw the fight and called police. Rumsey said every police officer working Sunday night -- five patrol officers and a sergeant -- responded.

Amy Calder -- 861-9247

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