Courthouse fight tied to gangs
A fight that appeared to be gang-related broke out Thursday at the Durham County Courthouse, bringing 11 deputies to the scene and ending in the arrest of four people.
Emergency medics were called to the fourth floor after what started as a dispute in a courtroom spilled into the hall and turned violent about 10:15 a.m., Maj. Paul Martin of the Durham County Sheriff’s Office said. He said no weapons were used.
Martin said “all indicators” are that the fight may have involved retaliation for a previous shooting.
No one was transported to the hospital, but a man’s eye was injured and another man complained of chest pains, he said.
Martin said Thursday’s fight was only the “first or second” time violence has erupted at the new courthouse since it opened in February 2013.
Those arrested were:
- Brittany Lynn Bass, 24, charged with resisting a public officer and disorderly conduct. Bond was set at $3,000.
- Alvis Gentry, 19, charged with resisting a public officer, disorderly conduct and simple affray. Bond was set at $3,000.
- Joshua Rayshawn Melvin, 19, charged with resisting a public officer, disorderly conduct and simple affray. Bond was set at $3,000.
- Mailque Akiem Ubles, 24. Warrants were being prepared Thursday charging him with resisting a public officer, disorderly conduct and simple affray.
Bass, Gentry and Melvin were released from the Durham County Jail on Thursday after posting bonds.
Personnel at the jail and the Durham County Magistrate’s Office had no information on Ubles.