Penn Yan fight involves 75 to 80 people
PENN YAN, KEUKA PARK--A fight involving some 75 to 80 people broke out in Penn Yan during the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 23. According to the Penn Yan Police report, the fight took place in the municipal parking lot on Wagener Street, with officers discovering the group physically fighting. The report indicates the fight began after issues between students of Keuka College and Finger Lakes Community College spilled out of a bar and into the parking lot.
Penn Yan Police Sergeant Jeffrey Stewart said there were no injuries and no weapons involved in the incident. He added there were no arrests made following the fight, adding the investigation is still ongoing.
The Penn Yan Police Department also assisted the Yates County Sheriff's Department in a second fight later that evening in a Keuka College parking lot. The Penn Yan police report claims the two fights were related. The sheriff's incident report said three people were arrested at the Keuka College fight, none of which were Keuka College students. Those arrested included Duvall N. Breedlove, 20, of Rochester who was charged with two counts of assault in the third degree, Jonathan A. Range, 20, of New York who was charged with one count of assault in the third degree, and Kevin M. Nguyen, 21, of Rochester who was charged with one count of assault in the third degree.
The incident report states deputies arrived at the campus at about 1:30 a.m. for a report of a large physical fight between several people. Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike said initial reports indicated "a few dozen" people were involved, but by the time the deputies arrived, there were only about a dozen people remaining. The investigation revealed Breedlove, Range and Nguyen physically attacked several students and one Keuka College security officer following a disagreement, causing injury to the students and the officer. The injured victims were transported to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital by Penn Yan Ambulance for treatment.
Spike noted while he is not sure what started the first fight in Penn Yan, he believes the one at Keuka College was started due to relationship issues. All three defendants were later arrested and arraigned in Jerusalem town court, where they were released on their own recognizance. Breedlove was issued an order of protection, which prohibits him from having further contact with any of the victims. All defendants are scheduled to appear in Jerusalem town court Nov. 30. The Ontario County Sheriff's Office assisted in locating and arresting one or more of the defendants in Canandaigua.