Update: Student Senate President witnessed altercation, placed call to Los Rios police dispatcher

An American River College student involved in a physical altercation on Wednesday is transported by way of a stretcher to an ambulance in front of the administration building at ARC. Both students involved in the altercation declined to press charges. (Photo by Matthew Peirson)

Update May 5, 7:44 p.m.:

By Matthew Peirson and Robert Hansen

A physical altercation between two students broke out near the American River College theater department on Wednesday evening according to Los Rios Police Department officer Curtis Adams. One of the students was placed on a stretcher and taken by an ambulance to a nearby hospital to treat his injuries.

The two students, both male, got into a fight for unknown reasons before police were called to the scene to address the situation.

David Hylton, the Associated Student Body Student Senate President, said during a phone interview that he witnessed the altercation while getting tickets and contacted Los Rios police to settle the situation.

“I saw … (one) guy being chased by another guy when the one guy kicked the other near the groin,” Hylton said. “That’s when I went to the theater arts building to get the district dispatch number.”

According to Hylton, the two started fighting on the sidewalk by the theater before it moved near the theater box office.

Once Hylton called the police, the two were walking toward the Administration building. Hylton stopped following the two men after he noticed police had responded.

“They arrived a little bit later then you would have like to see,” Hylton said. “It was like five minutes.”

“There was a lot of other people, close to 10, who saw the fight but I didn’t see anyone else calling the police,” Hylton said. “Maybe they didn’t know the number.”

Hylton, however, admitted that he also didn’t know the dispatch number and had to go seek it out.

“I mean I’m the Student Senate President and even I didn’t know the number,” Hylton said. “I really hope we get that app that you can just press and contact the police.”

The student not transported by ambulance to the hospital drove himself to treat injuries, according to Adams.

“Neither described what caused the altercation,” said Adams, who responded to the call along with fellow LRPD officer Andrew Simon.

“They know each other, and apparently they live together and work together,” Adams said.

Adams added that no other parties were involved in the incident.

“It was just the two, they were fighting each other,” Adams said.

One of the students, who was sitting on a bench near the entrance to the administration building while describing what had transcribed to police, could be seen with smeared blood on his face.

Though both students talked extensively with police to describe the situation, neither plans to press charges according to Adams.

Another nearby witness declined to comment on the situation.

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A physical altercation between two students broke out near the American River College theater department on Wednesday evening according to Los Rios Police Department officer Curtis Adams. One of the students was placed on a stretcher and taken by an ambulance to a nearby hospital to treat his injuries.

The two students, both male, got into a fight for unknown reasons before police were called to the scene to address the situation.

The student not transported by ambulance to the hospital drove himself to treat injuries, according to Adams.

“Neither described what caused the altercation,” said Adams, who responded to the call along with fellow LRPD officer Andrew Simon.

“They know each other, and apparently they live together and work together,” Adams said.

Adams added that no other parties were involved in the incident.

“It was just the two, they were fighting each other,” Adams said.

One of the students, who was sitting on a bench near the entrance to the administration building while describing what had transcribed to police, could be seen with smeared blood on his face.

Though both students talked extensively with police to describe the situation, neither plans to press charges according to Adams.

A nearby witness declined to comment on the situation.

The Current will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Matthew Peirson
Matthew Peirson is a third-semester student on the Current, where he serves as Co-Managing editor. He previously served as the Co-Sports editor and the Opinion editor. Matthew is majoring in broadcast journalism and plans to transfer after graduation.

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