Police called to two restaurants to break up fights
By John Howell
Batesville police have made multiple arrests following a fight that began at Wendy’s Restaurant Sunday evening and threatened to spill over to a Batesville school building Monday morning.
“We’re not going to put up with this; we’re not going to have people tearing up these restaurants,” Deputy Police Chief Jimmy McCloud said Monday. Officers were also called to Chili’s Restaurant on House-Carlson Drive about the same time Sunday to investigate a fight in the parking lot there, McCloud said.
“You’ve got people in there with their families, children; we’re not going to tolerate it in Batesville,” the deputy chief said. He said the two fights were “totally unrelated.”
An early-evening altercation in the parking lot at Wendy’s apparently spun off to a private residence shortly afterward, according to occurrence reports provided by the Batesville Police Department.
Patrolman Justin Davis was dispatched about 8:13 p.m. to Wendy’s on Highway 6 East to investigate a report of a fight inside the building. When he arrived he found a group of males walking outside into the parking lot.
“While I was speaking to the subjects in the parking lot a female (later identified in the Panola County Jail Docket as Sameaka Roshelle Robinson, 34, 411 Willa St., Batesville,) came out of Wendy’s and punched a female in the face,” Davis’ report alleges.
After Davis convinced the females to stop fighting, he arrested Robinson and charged her with disorderly conduct and failure to comply. She was later determined to also have a contempt of court warrant outstanding in Hernando.
Shortly after the initial altercation, at 9:51 p.m. BPD Lt. Ruby Myers was dispatched to a Patton Lane residence where the occupant said that a large group came to his home to get his daughter who had been injured in the Wendy’s altercation.
“He said [name redacted from report] came to his door trying to get in, but he wouldn’t let them in,” Myers report states.
None of the group looking for the man’s daughter were at the home when Myers arrived.
However, the altercation threatened to re-ignite at South Panola High School Monday morning when BPD School Resource Officers and school staff stepped in, according to McCloud. Several adults and juveniles were arrested there. Officers were continuing their investigation Monday morning.
BPD Patrolman Ryan Watson responded at 8:47 p.m. Sunday to a report of a fight in the Chili’s parking lot. The officer found witnesses who told him an argument that began in the restaurant evolved into a fight outside where one male hit the other, knocking him out, Watson’s report states.
Both parties had left the scene when the officer arrived, according to the report.
Occurrence reports filed by Batesville police officers state that body cameras are activated at the time each officer arrives at the scene of a complaint.