CHARLESTON -- Law enforcement personnel arrested five people for their alleged involvement in a bar brawl at approximately 9:30 p.m. at the Penalty Box, 1419 4th St., during an unofficial St. Patrick's Day weekend.
Mone L. Bulard, 25; Tenia R. Collins, 24; Khamyra A. Lane, 23; and Alexis D. Swift, 22, were arrested for alleged mob action in relation to the March 3 fight. Kendra A. Walters-Curry, 22, was arrested for aggravated battery for her alleged use of pepper spray during the incident.
The five were arrested over the course of a month as police investigated the incident, Charleston police Det. Joel Shute said.
According to officials, police were called to the Penalty Box for a fight involving "lots of people" within the bar that became overwhelming for the staff.
Video surveillance showed numerous individuals getting involved in the fight; however, those arrested were "most active in the incident" and were not fighting in self-defense, according to police.
Shute said tables were thrown and chairs were picked up with the intention to use them as weapons. It was noted that some individuals were trapped in booths as the brawl ensued. It was "pandemonium," Shute said.
When officers from the Charleston Police Department, Coles County Sheriff's Office and Eastern Illinois University Police Department converged on the scene that night, suspects were still fighting, police say, so officers deployed OC "pepper" spray, which stamped out the fight.
Shute said the motive for the fight is unknown, citing that those involved did not give "straight answers" as to what started the fight.
Based on surveillance footage from the bar, police have determined that two groups of women who are said to be general acquaintances of one another slowly moved closer together and the fight later ensued.
Shute said the fight resulted in minor injuries among those involved.