Dozen people involved in brawl at LaPorte County gas station

2014-01-13T11:48:00Z 2014-01-13T23:32:16Z Dozen people involved in brawl at LaPorte County gas stationStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 13, 2014 11:48 am  • 

About half of the hot dogs and other food at a Speedway wound up on the floor during a bloody mugging of a customer that remained under investigation Monday by LaPorte County authorities.

The store had to be closed for a short time to clean up the blood from the victim, who had nearly a dozen people on top of him.

"It was a pretty chaotic situation," LaPorte County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Andy Hynek said.

Investigators said a man walked into the store about 2 a.m. Sunday on Ind. 39 near the Michigan state line and soon a large group of people also came inside.

One of the men in the group apparently was offended by the way the customer looked at him and began a physical assault that led to more blows from the remaining suspects after they piled on the victim.

The clerk overhead one of the suspects mention a gun as shelves were being knocked down and hot dogs from the rotisserie along with chips and other food spilled onto the floor.

"It created quite a mess inside," Hynek said.

The suspects fled in three separate vehicles spotted a few minutes later by a responding officer on Ind. 39 north of U.S. 20 near Springville.

Two of the vehicles fled but the officer managed to stop one of the vehicles occupied by three males and two females.

One of the men was found in possession of a handgun.

Police said all of the suspects were allowed to go but later arrest warrants were sought after video surveillance of the attack was reviewed.

Hynek said efforts were still ongoing to identify the rest of the suspects, who all were heading back to the Elkhart area following an evening in Michigan City.

"It was a pretty dangerous situation there," Hynek said.

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