WARREN - Five people suffered injuries early Monday during a large fight over unpaid drug debts, police said. Two of those people suffered stab wounds and were taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital's emergency room with non-life threatening injuries, police reports state.
Police said they are still sorting out details, including who had the knife, but matters were complicated because witnesses and those involved were intoxicated at the time.
The fight started about 4 a.m. at the corner of Elm Road and Paige Avenue N.E. because of the drug debt, police said. The details were unclear. No one has been charged with any crimes.
Some of those involved include people with criminal histories, including one man who has been convicted of more than 40 local crimes.
Reports state that Brandon Evans, 21, of Canton, and Christian T. Lampkin, 22, of 2225 Burton St. S.E., told officers they were stabbed during the fight. The two men were uncooperative with officers who tried to interview them about the stabbing at the hospital, reports state.
Lampkin, according to Tribune Chronicle archives, was convicted of obstructing official business and vehicle trespassing in October because a Fairmount Avenue N.E. man caught him rummaging through his car.
Lampkin was sentenced to probation until 2016. He had previously been convicted of receiving stolen property and theft in 2008 and burglary in 2010.
About the same time Lampkin and Evans went to the hospital, Ruby A. Ansman, 56, went to the police station and said she was hit in the face by a man she didn't know. Reports state that she had blood on her shirt from her bloodied nose and lip.
Officers later went back out to the area and found two more people, Kesa Hayes-Russell, 42, and Andre Ervin, 48, at 1109 Elm Road. Ervin told police he was attacked and officers noted a cut on his forehead and scratches on his face. He said he had been struck several times by two men he didn't know. Hayes-Russell was uninjured.
Ervin has been convicted of more than 40 crimes in the area, including one in February when he pleaded no contest to gross sexual imposition when accused of groping a 16-year-old girl walking to Warren G. Harding High School. He was sentenced to 60 days served in the county jail and probation.
He since has pleaded guilty to three different criminal trespassing charges.
Later, a sixth person, Charles Chamberlin, 36, reported he was in the fight and went to a home in the 600 block of Rex Boulevard. Police photographed his injuries and he said he planned to take himself to the hospital for evaluation.
Chamberlin, according to records, spent one year in prison after he was convicted in 2006 of felonious assault in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. Chamberlin has also been convicted of theft and receiving stolen property in Warren Municipal Court.