Police arrest seven while breaking up large street fight

Police arrested seven, including two for assaulting a police officer, as they attempted to break up a large fight outside of a Walnut Creek bar early Sunday morning, police said.

Officers on patrol came across the fight at 1:10 a.m. in front of the Shiro Lounge at 1523 Giammona Drive.

Approximately 15 people were involved in the fight, police said, and one person was on the ground as officers arrived.

As police tried to break up the fight, one officer was punched in the face.

As police tried to take that suspect into custody, identified by police as Richmond resident Davon Kelly, 27, police used a Taser to subdue him.

Two bystanders, identified by police as Pittsburg residents Donte Lewis, 25, and Davonte Lewis, 19, attempted to keep officers away from Kelly, police said, and were arrested for obstructing an officer.

Police said that despite orders to disperse, other small fights started breaking out between others in the group.

Another suspect, identified by police as Desirae Chapple, 21, of Concord, attempted to punch an officer in the face as police attempted to

arrest her for obstructing officers, police said.

Police said that the fight began after a gold chain was robbed by a man inside the Shiro Lounge, which was hosting a private party prior to the fight.

The victim of that robbery was uncooperative with authorities, police said.

The three others arrested were San Francisco resident Gia Thompson, 23, and Oakland resident Devon Edwards, 21, who were both charged with obstructing an officer.

Kelly was taken to a local hospital for a medical valuation which is standard procedure when a Taser is used, police said. Chapple was also

taken to the hospital and treated for pepper spray exposure.

The remaining suspects were taken to Martinez County Jail.

All available Walnut Creek police responded to the incident, as well as California Highway Patrol officers and Contra Costa County Sheriff's



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Posted by William
a resident of Danville
on Jan 9, 2012 at 6:30 am

Why is it that nice communities have to tolerate the influx of the undesirable that come to rob, threaten and disrupt our towns? What do they contribute in positive ways?

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Posted by John
a resident of Danville
on Jan 9, 2012 at 8:16 am

Over the past year, there seems to be an influx of violence near downtown Walnut Creek. It's a great city that we often visit for late dinners on the weekends but I'm hesitant to do so as there are fights and stabbings every month. A very unfortunate situation for such a family oriented upscale area.

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Posted by collins
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Jan 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I agree with John. The problems seem to be escalating in downtown Walnut Creek. Mostly by people from other areas. Business owners will start losing revenue if this trend continues, if they aren't already. Such a shame!

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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Jan 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

This problem will self-correct itself if WC police start providing "special attention" to the club in question. I'm not talking about harassment - just more presence, and more attention given to drunk drivers leaving the area, etc.

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Posted by Fobbie
a resident of Alamo
on Jan 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I recall hearing on the news some months ago that it took all of WC police resources to quell disruptions at two clubs when fights erupted simultaneously. Not acceptable. Can clubs be made responsible for reimbursing the city, or can additional private security be required as a condition of the license to operate?

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