DECATUR — At a New Year’s Eve party at an eastside nightclub, a 32-year-old woman saw her brother fighting with several other young males.
Her brother fell to the floor, and she saw more than three males kicking him and stomping on him.
The woman told police that she then “jumped on top of him to act as a buffer,” to protect her brother from the attack at the Celebrity Nites Lounge, according to an affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Chris Croninger.
The woman, who suffered bruises on her legs and a swollen finger, identified one of the attackers as Jerry L. Bryson Jr.
On Tuesday, Bryson, an 18-year-old with an extensive criminal history, was located by police and arrested on charges of aggravated battery and mob action.
Two other males are being sought by police in connection with the incident.
Celebrity Nites Lounge, 2553 N. 22nd St., was also the location of a shooting that occurred earlier last year.
Five men were shot at about 1:30 a.m. on March 31, including a 19-year-old man who suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound to the stomach. A 19-year-old man who was working security at the club suffered a knee wound, a 22-year-old man sustained a hip wound, a 21-year-old man was wounded in his groin and buttocks and a 24-year-old man was shot in the knee.
Charles L. Fitzpatrick, 21, was arrested and charged with five counts of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, punishable by up to life in prison, in addition to six other felony charges.
Fitzpatrick, whose jury trial is slated to begin Jan. 28, is being held in the Macon County Jail on $1.2 million bond.
The police are seeking suspects in connection with the mob action. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 424-2734 or Crime Stoppers at 423-8477 or visit www.decaturcrimestoppers.org. A reward will be given to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest.