Two more rioting suspects jailed

Cary Ashby • Mar 5, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Two suspects accused of assaulting a Norwalk man at a local bar and eating establishment recently were placed into custody within hours of each other.

Norwalk residents Dennis M. Adams, 20, of 1 Manahan Ave., and Adewale A. Olaniyan, 37, of 56 Parsons St., are charged with one count each of aggravated rioting. If convicted of the fourth-degree felony, the defendants face six to 18 months behind bars.

The Norwalk Police Department arrested Adams on a warrant and booked him into the Huron County Jail at 9:17 p.m. Monday, according to jail records.

Olaniyan was served with a similar warrant when he turned himself into the jail at 3:49 a.m. Tuesday.

The suspects are two of six people charged in connection with a Feb. 9 incident. Also charged are: Damarquis C. Brown, 31, of 206 Jefferson St.; Stephon Harkness, 25, of 10A State St.; Stewart W. Harkness Jr., 31, of 14 W. League St.; and Michael Zika, 25, of 224A E. Main St.

"They were at Bluto's. The victim and a friend went out to the patio to smoke. Three (suspects) and two others came out to the patio and ultimately got into a fight. They poured beer on him and physically hurt him," Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said earlier. "Another person joined in the melee."

It's unknown what started the incident.

"He (the victim) had bruises and cuts. I don't believe he went to the hospital," O'Hara said.

Stephon Harkness and Zika were released from jail Feb. 14 upon posting bond while Brown was released four days later, Huron County Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Schaffer said.

Stewart Harkness hasn't been booked into the jail in connection with this case, Schaffer said.

Prosecutors filed aggravated rioting charges against all the suspects Feb. 13 in Norwalk Municipal Court.

"Aggravated rioting is when a person along with (at least) four other people engaged in disorderly conduct to cause harm to someone," O'Hara said.

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