Crime & Courts

Teen arrested after firecracker ignites Old Town fight

A teen was arrested after a fight in the Old Town Square parking garage on Thursday night, Wichita police said.
A teen was arrested after a fight in the Old Town Square parking garage on Thursday night, Wichita police said. The Wichita Eagle

A spat at an Old Town parking garage Thursday night started when a group of people dropped a lighted firecracker from the top to a level below.

Another group of people mingling where the firecracker fell got upset over it, Wichita police Officer Charley Davidson said – and one of them, a 17-year-old boy, drove to the top level to confront the people responsible.

He was armed with a CO2-powered pellet gun when he got out of his truck, Davidson said. After engaging in a physical fight with the group who tossed the firecracker, the teen got back into his truck and drove toward them, Davidson said.

The boom of the firecracker drew the attention of an off-duty police officer working at the Warren movie theater in Old Town Square because it was similar to the sound of a gunshot. On-duty officers responded to the parking garage, 315 N. Moore, at around 10:45 p.m.

Officers ended up arresting the teen without trouble, Davidson said. He was jailed on suspicion of eight counts of aggravated assault.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker

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