(Orange, Texas)


August 1, 2007

30 involved in melee

By Debby Schamber

The Orange Leader

About 30 people, some armed with knives and baseball bats, clashed Monday night in the Cove area, sending several people to the hospital.

A 17-year-old man suffered a stab wound in the abdomen and was transported too Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital-Orange. He was moved to a Beaumont hospital, and his condition could not be updated as of press time.

A 24-year-old man a 16-year-old boy suffered wounds from a baseball bat and were transferred to Memorial-Orange. Also injured with a bat was a 39-year-old woman who tried to break up the fight. Condition reports were not available as of press time.

When Orange Police Department officers responded about 11:30 p.m. Monday night to a fight in the 800 block of Livingston, they found an 18-year-old man with stab wounds to his left shoulder and back. He was transferred to Memorial-Orange where he received 17 stitches. He was treated and released from the hospital.

According to reports, the 18-year-old was getting out of his car at a friend’s house when someone busted out one of the car’s windows. As he got out of his car, someone lunged at him with a box cutter and the two fought.

A neighbor reported a similiar incident happened last week involving men with pipes. However, the incident was quickly resolved by the police.

The Orange Police Department is still investigating Monday’s fight.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call OPD at 409-883-1026 or 409-883-1095.

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