The Union Recorder

November 14, 2012

Friday morning fights spill onto Hancock Street

Kyle Collins
The Union-Recorder


No arrests were made in a huge brawl outside of Asian Bistro & Grill early Friday morning. At 1:35 a.m., a Milledgeville police officer reported 150 to 200 people spilling into Hancock Street.

Several were involved in physical fights, according to Maj. Reggie Hill of the Milledgeville Police Department. Hill wasn't sure if the melee started inside Asian Bistro or on the street.

The Georgia State Patrol, Georgia College Police and Baldwin County Sheriff's Office all showed up to contain the raucous crowd.

Hill said parties were separated and moved from the area. 

“No arrests were made due to the large volume of people. When you have something like that going on, the most important thing you want to do is separate and contain,” Hill said. “We are very thankful for the other agencies that arrived and helped control the atmosphere. It could have been much worse.”

Chief of Police Dray Swicord advised the owner of Asian Bistro that this type of behavior would not be tolerated. Swicord said this wasn't the first time incidents at the restaurant posed an issue on the late night scene.

“It is a situation that has been going on for the last couple of years. Sometimes he doesn't understand people are taking advantage of him,” Swicord said.

During the incident hours, Swicord estimated more than 400 people in the Asian Bistro area. 

MPD officials have received numerous downtown business complaints about late night parties getting out of hand. Swicord warned the owner Asian Bistro could lose its alcohol license if things don't change.


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