A Garden City man was arrested Tuesday in relation to a Saturday night fight at the Bickle/Schmidt Sports Complex during a softball tournament.
Wednesday, Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler said Salvador Benitez, 34, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery in Garden City with the assistance of the Garden City Police Department.
Police were dispatched at 11:47 p.m. Saturday to a physical disturbance at the sports complex, Scheibler said. The fight was over by the time police arrived, but one person had a broken arm and the suspect had fled the scene.
A 34-second video posted to Twitter corroborates information the police were able to put together.
The video shows about a dozen players on the infield pushing each other and running around. A man in an orange shirt picks up another person and throws him to the ground. Scheibler said the throw broke the man’s arm.
The man in orange then kicks the other man in the face before others separate them.
The man in orange scuffles with another man briefly and the man who was tossed the ground gets up and rushes at the man in orange before stopping and turning away.
The slow-pitch softball tournament was an event of the United States Speciality Sports Association, which rented the ballfields, said Roger Bixenman, superintendent of the Hays Recreation Commission. He said the teams involved in the altercation were from Great Bend and the Dodge City area. HRC maintains the sports complex but had no involvement in Saturday's tournament.
Charges have not yet been filed against Benitez. He’s being held in the Ellis County Jail on a 48-hour arrest warrant.
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