Updated: May 24, 2020 08:57 PM
Created: May 24, 2020 04:49 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Two people were taken to the hospital after being stabbed during a large fight on Weyl Street on Sunday.
The Rochester Police Department says officers responded to Weyl Street around 1:20 p.m. for a call of neighbor trouble. Upon arrival, they found a group of 20 people that descended upon them, with "several" active fights taking place on the street and sidewalks.
During the following altercation, a 26-year-old woman and a juvenile girl were both stabbed at least once in the upper body. After failing to verbally stop the fights, officers dispersed the combative crowd with pepper spray. No officers were injured.
Some of the incident can be seen in a video sent to News10NBC by Rick Blocks. It shows some people fighting each other with RPD officers stuck in the middle, trying to break the crowd up.
Police report that they have arrested and charged 29-year-old city woman Tasja Martin with second-degree assault and first-degree riot in connection to the incident.
The two victims were taken to the University of Rochester Medical Center for treatment. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
The fight on Weyl Street comes on the heels of a violent group fight that took place on Friday near Joseph Avenue, as well as a large crowd on Saturday at the scene of a motorcycle crash on Clifford Avenue. Such incidents as Friday's led Police Chief La'Ron Singletary to warn that the police would enforce any laws related to large gatherings or parties. City Council Vice President Willie Lightfoot also warned about such gatherings, saying that they continue police would have to ramp up enforcement.
"So to put ourselves or put yourself and your circle and your family is totally inconsiderate to your family and to the essential workers and to our police officers that are out here trying to do their job and limit the spread of this disease," he said at the time.
Police say the investigation remains ongoing and more arrests are expected. Anyone with information is urged to call 911.
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