Fracas on Capital Boulevard leads to charges

Staff WriterAugust 5, 2008 

— Investigators are still trying to determine what caused a melee Sunday night that left teens running and walking along one of Raleigh's busiest thoroughfares as dozens of police cars tried to restore order.

Police said the incident began about 11 p.m. Several teens were being escorted out of Red's Beach Club at 1505 Capital Blvd. after causing a disturbance.

That led to a series of fights and gunshots in two parking lots in the area, which is north of downtown. Some witnesses said they saw teens using gang signs, but police would not say whether they think gangs were behind the fights.

The fracas occurred just a week after fights broke out following a confrontation between two rival gangs at Triangle Town Center.

Red's, which usually features beach music for an adult crowd, holds a youth night every third Sunday that draws 350 to 400 people ranging from 14 to 19 years old, officers said.

Police Capt. K.S. Craghead said Monday that a young man got into an altercation with an officer.

Greg Wilson, 46, said he was driving past the intersection of New Hope Road and Atlantic Avenue when he saw police cars zooming past toward Capital Boulevard. Curious, he followed the police to the scene, where he saw blue lights and teenagers.

"I asked two of the kids what happened, and they said, 'Man the gangs, all of 'em up in there,' " said Wilson, associate pastor at New Birth Apostolic Church in Raleigh.

Fights broke out in the parking lot of the nightclub, and the crowd spilled across the street to the parking lot of a Sprint store. Several more fights then started, and shots were reportedly fired in the store parking lot. Police took control of the situation, seating a line of teens along the curb of the Sprint parking lot and photographing their faces.

The juvenile who police said was involved in an altercation with an officer is being charged with assault. A 31-year-old man, Winston Brewster of 1605 Peebles Ridge Drive in Raleigh, was charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer and assault on an officer, police Lt. K.S. Swinson said Monday.

Craghead was not sure whether Brewster and the juvenile who was charged are related.

Brewster was released from custody at the Wake County jail Monday afternoon after posting a $2,300 bail bond, a jail spokesman said.

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