Three adults have been arrested so far and at least three juveniles have been referred to the Juvenile Officer following a fight that broke out between juveniles and adults following a Blevins vs. Mineral Springs basketball game last Tuesday night.
According to Sheriff James Singleton, at around 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, Mineral Springs Resource Officer Brandon Smith contacted Hope dispatch by radio requesting deputies at the Blevins High School campus for a group of around 100 people fighting. Smith informed deputies the alteration was between Mineral Springs and Blevins students following the basketball game between the two teams.
Deputies spoke with a 40-year-old woman from Blevins who reported to them that she was at the game with her 17-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter. She told them that while Mineral Springs students were walking past going to their bus, several of the were “talking smack” to them. The woman said a juvenile female in a white hoodie began arguing with her and then grabbed her by the hair, threw her to the ground and started punching her. She told deputies that other juveniles then grabbed her 12-year-old daughter and started hitting her too. The woman said that her son and his friends jumped in to get the students off of them.
There were no major injuries.
Investigators took statements from witnesses and reviewed security video footage to try to identify suspects. As a result of the investigation, deputies arrested Maria Cantu, 40, Kindell Woods, 19, and Kellen Rodriguez, 19, all of Blevins, were arrested and transported to the Hempstead County Detention Center. Cantu was booked for battery 3rd degree. Kindell was booked for battery 3rd degree and terroristic threatening 3rd degree. Rodriguez was booked for terroristic threatening 2nd degree. All three bonded out and are scheduled for court on March 11.
Three juveniles, ages12, 15 and 17 were referred to the Hempstead County Juvenile Officer.