Teens’ fight in park prompts group response from LPD

Lebanon Police officers responded to a 911 call at 4:20 p.m. on Sept. 5 reporting a fight between two males at Ralston Park.

“Sgt. Patrick O’Malley was first on the scene and called for cover as there were several juveniles all of which were agitated and yelling,” said LPD Chief Frank Stevenson. “In all, eight officers arrived on scene to control the situation and to get people to calm down.”

Seven people were excluded from the park: two 18-year-old males, three females between 14 and 17 years old and two males between 14 and 17 years old. The department did not release their names.

A 16-year-old male was referred to the juvenile department for trespassing in the park, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanor offenses.

That juvenile had already been excluded from Lebanon Parks and decided to return, Stevenson said.

A 14-year-old male was referred to the juvenile department for second-degree theft because he grabbed O’Malley’s body camera after it fell off during his struggle with the 16-year-old, Stevenson said.

“(He) placed the body camera in his pocket and began to walk away, but was stopped by another officer,” Stevenson said.

Officers cleared the area at about 6:15 p.m.