Girl got glass in eye during large fight in northwest Cedar Rapids

Six people face charges; around 40 people involved, police say

Jeff Raasch
Published: May 16 2012 | 1:25 pm - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 7:10 pm in

UPDATE: About 40 people were involved in a brawl Tuesday evening in Cedar Rapids that involved baseball bats and left one girl with glass in her eye.

Six young women were arrested after the fight, which erupted around 6:20 p.m. near the corner of First Avenue and Jacolyn Drive NW. Police said none of the injuries were serious.

According to a police report, the first officer to respond saw some of the people involved in the brawl holding baseball bats. Several people ran away, but police found two sisters who were arguing with two other women and threatening each other, police said.

Police said Felisha S. Kearney, 19, of Hiawatha, and Tarsha L. Kearney, 20, of Cedar Rapids, were involved in the initial fight and breaking out windows in a vehicle. The sisters were arguing with Shayla C. Vesey, 18, of Cedar Rapids, and LaShay Lekin, 17, of Hiawatha, police said.

Lekin, who was inside a car when it had windows broken out, got glass in her eye, according to police. She was taken to a hospital but also charged with disorderly conduct and interference with official acts for her role in the fight and resisting arrest, police said.

The Kearney sisters were also charged with disorderly conduct. Vesey, and 17-year-olds Delecia Jenkins-Irvin and Martink Thomas, both of Cedar Rapids, were charged with disorderly conduct and interference with official acts.

Police said Vesey hit her head against Plexiglas once she was in the squad car, causing a cut to her forehead. She was treated at a hospital before being taken to jail.

An investigation was continuing. No details about what led up to the fight were released.

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