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Trio busted after brawl with baseball bats

Three Grass Valley men were arrested after allegedly having being involved in two separate fights involving baseball bats.

Grass Valley Police officers responded to a 911 call of a physical fight involving six people, possibly using baseball bats, at about 3:43 a.m. Saturday, said Sgt. Steve Johnson.

They arrived at the scene of the fight in the 300 block of East Main Street to find the two victims, who were brothers, bleeding from a number of injuries. One of the brothers had a “severe” head injury, Johnson said.

One of the victims said he had been awakened by someone banging on the front door and he had looked out the peep hole to see a man standing on the porch, holding a baseball bat. The other brother said he snuck outside, came up behind the man and grabbed the bat away from him. Johnson said.

The brothers said they chased the man to the street, but he called out to two other men inside a Jeep to help him.

They allegedly got out of the Jeep with baseball bats and metal knuckles, and a “significant” fight ensued, Johnson said.

The three suspects allegedly then got into the Jeep and fled the scene, but not before one of the brothers broke out the vehicle’s back window with the bat he had wrestled away from the first suspect.

“One of the officers saw the bat and recognized it from an earlier call (for service),” Johnson said.

In that incident, officers had responded to a report of a fight on Pleasant Street involving a baseball bat. The officer interviewed three men at the scene in a Jeep Cherokee, but they allegedly claimed the argument had been verbal.

“The officer remembered seeing that bat in the Jeep,” Johnson said,

The Jeep was identified as belonging to Jesse James Werner, 20, and officers started a manhunt for Werner, Johnson said.

The Jeep — complete with broken-out window — was located on Pleasant Street in front of an apartment being rented by Alvin Lee Massengale, 19.

Massengale and Justin Alan Smith, 19, were outside, but Smith allegedly tried to run back into the apartment while being questioned.

A physical fight allegedly then ensued between Smith and one of the police officer. Massengale allegedly then “jumped on” the second police officer.

“Then, Massengale’s girlfriend got involved,” Johnson said. “She tried to keep officers from arrested her boyfriend.”

The two men eventually were subdued and arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest. Later, they allegedly were positively identified as having been involved in the physical fight on East Main Street, and officers recovered two baseball bats and brass knuckles.

Werner was located later and arrested without incident.

All three men were booked into county jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and criminal conspiracy; Massengale and Smith also were charged with resisting arrest. Werner was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail, and Massengale in lieu of $25,750 bail. Smith was released on $25,750 bail.

The two victims were treated for their injuries at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

“They were very uncooperative,” Johnson said. “They told us they knew who had done it, but they weren’t going to tell us who it was. They were going to take care of it themselves.”

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call (530) 477-4229.

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