News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, Aug. 3, 2012
BURNETTOWN, S.C. -- The video of a brutal beat-down in Burnettown has surfaced on Facebook. The video shows dozens of individuals partaking in or spectating the fights near the Midland Valley Veterans Park in Burnettown.
Altogether, the videos have already drawn in hundreds of views on Facebook.
"The first one was a scheduled fight between the two females. That was what went out on Facebook as the scheduled fight," said Chief David P. Smith of the Burnettown Police Department.
Chief Smith says the next two fights happened right after the first. One fighter knocks out another in one video. The next video shows an older woman tripping a younger man. Chief Smith says that woman is actually one of the other boy's aunts.
"Anyone who is coming by at the moment can be an innocent bystander. Anyone who is there to encourage or view the fight, they're actually participants in the disorderly conduct," Smith said.
Smith now has a stack of warrants cut for mostly everyone seen on the videos.
"I think we're in the vicinity of 20 people. The charges are ranging from disorderly conduct to contributing to the delinquency of a minor," he said.
Now comes the process of serving those warrants. Four were arrested and sent to the Aiken County Detention Center Friday morning, including the aunt, 28-year-old Marion Bragg. Chief Smith says there will be plenty more arrests to come. Right now, they're looking to arrest an 18-year-old. Smith believes he's pulling a pistol from his pants in an enhanced version of the video.
"If it takes making an example of anyone, that's certainly what we want to do to get the message out that we will not tolerate this type of behavior in our community," he said.
Because of jurisdictional boundaries, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office is also investigating. Sgt. Jason Feemster says he believes more charges will come on their end, too.
As for the videos, some of them were liked almost a hundred times on Facebook. Some comments even offered suggestions for better fight moves next time. Other posts tried to schedule another fight this week.
Smith says it'll be a tough battle but cleaning up the Valley is his goal.