First on 12: Aiken Relay for Life turns violent; 1 arrested

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Saturday, May 18, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- What was supposed to be a night to honor those battling cancer turned into a different kind of fight that landed one in the hospital and another in jail.

According to Sgt. Jake Mahoney with the Aiken Department of Public Safety, multiple disturbances broke out around 10:30 p.m. at South Aiken High School, where hundreds gathered Friday night for the annual Relay For Life ceremony and walk.

Mahoney says these disturbances took place on both the track and the parking lot.

He says the first incident involved two females who were assaulted by a male who has yet to be identified. One of the females was transported to Aiken Regional Medical Center for seemingly minor injuries.

The second incident occurred just 20 minutes later. During the lighting of the luminaries, there were several young people causing a loud disturbance. Officers asked the individuals to lower their voices, but they continued to be loud during the moment of silence. Mahoney says one 20-year-old male was finally asked to leave after he used profanity. He continued to use profanity, Mahoney says, as he was escorted out.

Mahoney says the suspect ultimately had to be "taken to the ground" before he was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Stick with News 12 as we uncover more details.

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