EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSBAR BRAWL
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Massive Bar Brawl Stabbing Victim Released, Arrest Made
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Videographer: Darrah Wilcox, Brad Rice
Web Producer: Kallie Cart, Darrah Wilcox, Bethany Simmons
Reported: Jan. 29, 2012 5:47 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 2, 2012 12:45 PM EST
Williamson , Mingo County , West Virginia
An arrest has been made in the bar brawl outside of a Mingo county night club involving more than 50 people and a football player getting stabbed.
Police say 27-year old Byron Young is charged with malicious wounding. The brawl happened at Yesterday's Night Club in Williamson late Saturday night.
Members of the University of Pikeville football's team were at the club that night when things took a violent turn. Brandon Teasely spoke with Eyewitness News earlier this week.
He says he was dancing with a girl and then was stabbed in the back from behind. He is expected to be okay. Another player suffered a concussion during that fight.
Branden Teasley had just finished dancing with a girl at Yesterday's Bar and Grill in Williamson early Sunday morning, when things took a violent turn.
He tells Eyewitness News, "As soon as I turned around, I felt a sharp pain in my back."
Apparently, that girl had a boyfriend who was also at the nightclub. Things only got worse. Teasley says after he was stabbed, "I was weak, and I felt, and there was blood, so my next move was to get as far away as I can."
He moved away from the crowd to get help. "Next think I know it's a brawl and everyone is fighting."
Police estimate about 60 people got involved in the brawl. Williamson Police Sgt. Grady Dotson tells us it was pretty much like a riot inside the bar, that spilled out into the street.
Teasley says while he was waiting for emergency crews, he didn't see a whole lot, but he heard "tasers and yelling".
Another University of Pikeville football player, Demetri Travis, suffered a concussion, but no other injuries were reported. Teasley came to Pikeville from California play football. He says, "I left where I'm from to avoid stuff like that, and for me to encounter that while I'm at college, I wasn't ready for it. It was crazy."
As bad as the wound was, he says he's thankful it wasn't worse. We caught up with him right after he was released from the hospital this morning. "I feel real lucky. I thank God. Not even lucky, I feel blessed," he says.
Police have a suspect in the stabbing and expect several arrests to come this week. They tell us as many as 20 warrants could be issued to members of the Pikeville football team.
Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for more details.
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