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Charges pending after bystanders break up on-field fight at Norwalk soccer game

Cary Ashby • Sep 28, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Prosecutors are considering charges in connection with an on-field skirmish that left an area high-school soccer player with minor injuries to the area near his left eye.

The Norwalk Police Department responded to the Norwalk Soccer Complex near Norwalk Middle School on Monday night.

"It looked like it might be a fight among parents," Capt. Dave Smith said about the initial complaint.

However, Smith's investigation later determined the incident happened on the field and involved two players: A 17-year-old Norwalk High School player and a Medina Buckeye boy.

The Norwalk player grabbed the other player in a headlock, brought him to the ground and punched him several times in the face, Smith said.

"Two adult males who were on the sideline rushed out onto the field," he added.

A referee and several players also assisted in breaking up the fight. At the time, Norwalk was down 4-0; Medina Buckeye won the game 5-0.

After Smith interviewed the victim, his parents took him to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Smith said the boy sustained "very minor injuries" to the area near his left eye.

The victim's father was one of the parents being blamed for being agitated, Smith said.

"Which is what the (initial) yelling was about," he explained.

The officer tracked down a video from a Norwalk resident who had recorded the last part of the fight.

"I saw the worst part of it," Smith said. "It became an investigation at that point."

Next, Smith obtained a video from a Litchfield resident whose video footage was more inclusive and filmed from the ground level. During his investigation, the officer interviewed 10 people plus several more at the field.

Police have forwarded a report to the Huron County Prosecutor's Office and Huron County Juvenile Court for the consideration of charges.

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