Dispute Over Nationalities Turns Dangerous In Manhattan

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Two men were taken to the hospital and two men were arrested in Manhattan early Thursday after a brawl in the parking lot of a local grocery store.

Officers were dispatched to the Dillons in the Westloop Shopping Center at 2:10 AM on July 12, 2012 for a report of a fight in progress.

When they arrived, they found 25-year-old Crispino Merino-Santos on the ground in the area of the Dillons gas station. He was bleeding from his face and was suffering from serious injuries, police said.

Officers also made contact with another victim, 21-year-old Ramon Merino-Solano, who was injured and complaining of pain to his face.

Both victims were transported by EMS to Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan for treatment.

Lieutenant Josh Kyle, a spokesman for the Riley County Police Department, says a field investigation was conducted and officers located two possible suspects a short distance from the scene who were walking and pushing a bicycle.

Kyle says the men were stopped and identified and further investigation led police to believe that they were involved in the fight.

David Perez, 27, and Michel Romero-Serapio, 24, both from Manhattan, were arrested for Aggravated Battery.

According to Lt. Kyle, physical force was used in the fight but he believes an improvised weapon could also have played a part in the incident. He would not elaborate on what kind of blunt object that could have been involved in the beating.

Kyle says the brawl was the result of a heated argument between the men over their nationalities. All of the men are Hispanic but come from different countries, Kyle told members of the media. It is not clear if they knew one another before the fight that broke out Thursday morning.

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