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Two men injured, three arrested after predawn street fight

By JORGE SANCHEZ
Published January 29, 2007


INVERNESS - Deputies responded to a street fight Saturday and found two injured men, one with a broken ankle and another with a broken jaw.

Anthony Joseph Hatten , 25, 2510 E Silver St., was arrested on charges of battery. Erwin Herman Ziegler IV, 22, 6751 W Van Buren St., Homosassa, was also charged with battery. Joseph Michael Boule, 23, 2626 Mary Lou St., was charged with felony battery.

According to a victim and witnesses, Boule struck one victim, then asked him how it felt to be hit with a set of brass knuckles, the arrest report said. In addition to the broken ankle, the victim had cuts to his face, the report said. The victims were not identified in the incident report.

Deputies were not able to find any brass knuckles or weapons at the scene, but Boule and Hatten left the area after the fight, the report said. Ziegler was arrested after deputies found him hiding in the house, the report said.

The second victim, who had a broken jaw, said he didn't know who struck him, but remembers being knocked out, the report said. Several witnesses told deputies that Ziegler struck the second victim, causing his injuries. Other witnesses said that Hatten struck both victims during the fight.

The fight started outside a residence at 1900 Addison St. about 2:30 a.m. The man with the broken ankle told deputies he went there to retrieve his daughter's camera.

Both injured men were treated and released from Citrus Memorial Health Systems hospital.

The three arrested men posted bail and were released.

In other news:

Two people were arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop Saturday.

Shannon Howard Wilson, 45, 4850 N Carlo Way, Hernando, and Jennifer L. Ocasio, 38, 6405 N Khyber Ter., Dunnellon, were arrested on charges of drug trafficking. They were pulled over on State Road 200 and Eagle Trail near Hernando, according to reports. Ocasio was placed under arrest on a charge of driving with a suspended license. During a search of the vehicle, deputies found a bag with 30.5 grams, or a little over an ounce, of methamphetamine. Both remained in jail Sunday. Their bail was $30,000 each.

Jorge Sanchez can be reached at sanchez@sptimes.com or 860-7313 in Citrus or toll-free at 1-800-333-7505, ext. 7313.