W.Va. gas station disrupted by brawl

November 18, 1996


Staff Writer, Charles Town

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Martinsburg residents and a Frederick, Md., man were arrested following a fight Saturday night near the Global gas station at the corner of Race and Raleigh Streets, police said.

Antonio Mooney, 22, of Hagerstown, was struck in the face with a metal real estate sign during the fight, according to Martinsburg Police Sgt. John McMillen.

McMillen said it is unclear what started the fight.

Several weapons were used in the scuffle, including a knife and a broken broomstick, said McMillen. The knife was found in a trash can at the gas station, McMillen said.


Bud Johnson, an employee at the gas station, said a number of customers who were pumping gas at the time dropped their gas hoses and drove off when the fight broke out.

"I can't blame them," said Johnson. "I had the lot full."

Johnson said the fight moved inside the gas station office at one point when two people involved in the fight apparently were trying to escape from the group.

Charged were Carlos Rivera, 26, 38 Franklin Manor, Martinsburg, Maria Perez, 21, 312 1/2 S. Church St., Martinsburg, and Rohan Parchment, 19, 301 Elwood Terrace, Frederick, McMillen said.

Rivera was charged with malicious wounding and obstructing a police officer, Perez was charged with brandishing a knife and Parchment was charged with obstructing and battery, McMillen said.

Mooney was admitted for observation at City Hospital near Martinsburg and released on Sunday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Parchment, who also complained of pain to his groin after the fight, was treated and released from City Hospital, officials said.

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