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Charges from street fight could include assault, child endangerment

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The now-infamous video that went viral from Guam news followers has been dubbed "Straight Outta Harmon". And in the last 24 hours, the clip depicting a brawl in the middle of the Harmon Loop intersection during Monday's rush hour traffic has been streamed over 155,000 times on our Facebook page in addition to being shared thousands of times. What's most disturbing, however, is what's happening in the viral video: a handful of men in a fist fight when one man pulls out a bat, a woman tries to intervene, and a young boy jumps out of a car window and attempts to join in on the riot.

"The video outlined an altercation with several male individuals, a female, to include a little boy who was involved in that," described Chief of Police Joseph Cruz. "Immediately as it was brought to our attention, we contacted officers at the Dededo Precinct. They looked into the matter."  The disturbance as captured on a mobile device by a nearby motorist depicted the altercation roughly lasting a minute long.

And aside from the video, GPD spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia says the only evidence of the street fighters was a report of an injured person on a road in Dededo. That man was linked to the fight and received a two-inch cut to his left forehead area and several scrapes to his face. "It turns out when they got to that location, there was nothing going on. Moments later they did receive a call from Nevermind Road that was someone being looked at by medics," Officer Balajadia confirmed.

According to Guam Memorial Hospital spokesperson June Perez, the 20-year-old male was admitted at 6pm Monday night and discharged over three hours later. Although GPD confirms the man has filed a complaint, no arrests can be made until all the parties involved have been interviewed.

At first glance, Chief Cruz says charges could include aggravated assault and child endangerment, as he noted, "We're reaching out to the public for assistance if anyone has information on the altercation that occurred, if they can contact our Crimestoppers Hotline [477-HELP (4357)], then we can get to the matter a lot quicker to find out who exactly was involved in the altercation."

Initial reports state the riot unfolded as road rage. Balajadia says the victim, his brother and his girlfriend were driving along Route 8 in Maite toward Barrigada when they noticed an individual in a blue sedan tailgating them. As they reached the Route 16 intersection in Harmon, two occupants in the blue sedan got out of their car and started hitting the victim's car. According to Balajadia, the victim and his brother then got out of their vehicle and a fight ensued.

If you find yourself in the hot seat in Guam traffic and feel threatened by a nearby motorist who may be tailgating you, GPD recommends you pull over to the side of the road and allow the vehicle to pass. If the situation continues to escalate, call 911 or drive to your nearest police precinct or fire station. "You can report it to us," he said. "Make sure that you get a license plate, and a description of the vehicle - possibly the occupants and what type of incident occurred. And we'll take a complaint from you and follow that up, depending on what the situation is, to our Criminal Investigations Division or to Highway Patrol, and we'll get it resolved for you.".

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