For Immediate Release: 3/30/2013 5:45 pm
Worcester, MA (March 30, 2013) - On Saturday, March 30, 2013 at approximately 1:50 AM, Worcester Police received a report of a large fight on Main Street by Franklin Street. Police also received a call that there was a male who had been stabbed. Numerous police officers responded to the scene.
First officers arriving observed a school bus parked in front of 484 Main Street. Officers observed approximately 100 people in the street and on the sidewalk. There were 3 separate large groups of males and females fighting. There were several motor vehicles that were stopped and unable to pass due to the chaotic scene. Traffic was in gridlock.
Officers at the scene observed several males inside a Nissan Altima taunting the crowd. A male was seen charging after the parked Nissan and kicked the car. This male, identified as Christopher Jean-Baptiste, was placed under arrest. Jean-Baptiste was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Interfering with a Police Officer. Jean-Baptiste is a 24 year old male from 2 Cameron Ave., Cambridge.
Officers located a 20 year old male who was suffering from two stab wounds. The victim was stabbed once to the right chest and once to the lower abdomen. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Police attempted to move back the crowd and break up the numerous fights. At one point a male identified as Evan Cook refused police commands to back away; he was placed under arrest. Cook was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Disturbing the Peace. Cook resides in Boston and stated that he was homeless.
Three males in the Nissan Altima were eventually placed under arrest. The driver of the vehicle was Ollie Smith-Sanches. The driver was arrested and charged with Being in Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol. There were two open bottles of alcohol inside the vehicle. Smith-Sanches is 21 years old and resides at 1845 Columbus Avenue, Boston.
A rear seat passenger in the vehicle, identified as Kevin Joseph, was placed under arrest for Disorderly Conduct, Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol and Resisting Arrest. Joseph exited the vehicle and was attempting to fight members in the crowd. Joseph also resisted arrest and struggled with police when being arrested. Joseph is 21 years old and resides at 78 Blue Hill Avenue, Milton.
The front seat passenger, identified as Jameel Dyer was placed under arrest and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Interfering with a Police Officer. Dyer is 20 years old and resides at 211 Delher Street, Mattapan. Dyer was arrested after police had asked the driver, Mr. Smith-Sanchez, for the car keys. As the driver was handing the keys to the officer Mr. Dyer slapped the keys out of the drivers hand and prevented the officer from taking possession.
Officers at the scene interviewed numerous witnesses with regard to the stabbing. Information obtained at the scene eventually produced a suspect. A male fitting the description of the suspect was located at the scene. The suspect was identified as Jason White, 27-years-old of 44 Mt. Everest Street, Boston. Mr. White was placed under arrest and charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.
Officers discovered that the large group fighting were from a chartered trip that originated from Ruggles T Station in Boston. The trip arrived at the Venue Nightclub where the group stayed for the evening. At the end of the night the group boarded the bus to head back to Boston. Shortly after the group started to head home, two males inside the bus began to argue. The argument quickly escalated into a physical altercation. During the fight the suspect produced a knife and stabbed the victim. The driver of the bus pulled over to the side of the road and stopped the bus in front of 484 Main Street. The bus was at full capacity but once it stopped the bus emptied out. Some vehicles that were behind the bus stopped. There were additional people with the group that were in these vehicles. Police were told that it was at this time that the large group of fighting began in the street and sidewalk areas.
All six men were transported to police headquarters and processed. With the exception of Mr. White, the other five men were released later on in the morning on $40.00 cash bail. Mr. White is being held on $10,040 cash bail.
The bus was a chartered school bus owned by Eastern Bus Company located out of Somerville, MA.
There were no other injuries reported. The victim did not receive life threatening injuries and is in stable condition.
All six men will be arraigned at the Worcester County District Courthouse.