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Melee on Monroe: “Like a scene out of Grand Theft Auto” (160+ photos)

MASON CITY – The sweet, wet stench of booze wafted through the evening air, so thick that only certain elected officials would appreciate it.

The piercing sound of sirens, the babble of police radios, the low rumble of the running engine of an ambulance, blended with the murmur of people’s voices, which came and went at each corner.  The ambulance hung back from the main fray, yet stayed centrally located on a bridge between two convenience stores.  No one was quite sure where the next hot spot would flare, or if the situation had stabilized.  Children giggled and laughed, but the looks on the faces of the adults were much more serious.

An otherwise tranquil evening in Mason City was spoiled by violence, as a melee broke out in the middle of the becoming-infamous thoroughfare known as Monroe Avenue.

The trouble started at the corner of Monroe and the 400 block of 2nd Street NW, according to Mason City Lt. Logan Wernet, and spread south to the 100 block of South Monroe Avenue.  A person reported that two women were fighting, and then another report came in that a van had driven through and a knife had been thrown from it at someone.  Groups of men were reported to be fighting at the 100 block of South Monroe.

Law enforcement converged on the area Wednesday at about 7:45 PM, and soon had at least two men in handcuffs.  One person was taken away in an ambulance.

At the scene near Monroe Avenue and 2nd Street NW, as well as at the corner of Monroe and 1st NW – home to a newly-opened liquor store – police had groups of people stopped, asking questions, and taking statements.  Onlookers and residents milled about, mostly in small groups, watching.  Some sat on their stoops, smoking cigarettes.  Others danced and jabbed one another in the ribs.

The ambulance soon pulled away, and police questioned a woman in a silver van with Worth county license plates, who inexplicably emerged from her vehicle with a plastic bag full of pill bottles and a jar of Vasoline.

Another van (also from Worth county) drove through as cops were dispersing the crowd, and the female driver had choice words for a certain photographer.  “Who da – – – – you pointin’ dat camera at mo – – – – – – – – – -?!”  She exclaimed, with a cigarette in one hand and the other on the steering wheel.

“This is like a scene out of Grand Theft Auto!” a person was overheard saying, referring to a popular video game with crime, violence and police.

Police chased the van down and had the driver pull over.  Soon, everyone in the van had to get out, and police questioned them.

A woman then exited a nearby house with at least 6 children, wanting to know what was going on.

At about 10:00 PM. police were called back to a nearby area at the 200 block of North Jefferson.

At least 7 individuals were outside a home there, threatening a person inside.  The aggressors were reported to have boards and other objects, some of them being thrown at the house.  It was said they then fled the area and were headed to … 110 South Monroe Avenue. Later, at about 10:30 PM, the same person called police to report her car had been hit with a baseball bat.

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Nearby residents at the 400 block of 2nd Street NW look on and can only shake their heads
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Drama brought to the lives of children
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A local resident looks on
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Hey boy hey.
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Officers investigate and question
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A child’s bike in the boulevard, surrounded by filth. The Blue Zone hasn’t reached the 4 blocks from downtown to this neighborhood.
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Black underpants lay in the gutter.
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Thirsty? A mostly-drank can of Old Milwaukee’s Best Light awaits you here.
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Officers investigate and question
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Yes, this is a hair piece or perhaps a hair weave. It was ripped out of the head of a woman involved in the fight.
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Frothy goodness.
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One of several rubber gloves in the street at the scene on 2nd Street NW.
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Officers investigate and question
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More folks gathered as the cops hung around to sort the matter out.
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Weave, free to anyone who come by and grabs it.
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Not thrilled at first about being photographed, but very friendly once told it was for NIT.
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This van drove through the middle of the investigation and the driver had choice words for some folks. Police chased it down and had the driver pull over to be questioned.
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Van occupants get out to face cops.
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A child’s backpack lies in the boulevard, near booze cans, hair weaves, rubber gloves, and other unmentionables.
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Heading home once the situation died down. The tan building in front of them caught fire last month and suffered major damage.
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This female apparently knows a man in the squad car who had just been cuffed and loaded up…
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Here he is, under arrest, apparently involved in the melee that erupted on Monroe Avenue.
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A bag of drugs and Vasoline to go with a chat with a cop.
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Ever played the video game Grand Theft Auto? Plenty of colorful characters out and about in MC as law enforcement sorts out trouble.
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Just hummin’ some tunes while folks get pummeled. Probably not listening to ‘Seventy-six Trombones’
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Never run from a cop.
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Trash, litter and debris where a group of folks held an informal MMA brawl.
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A woman blocks her face as cops question her.
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A leisurely stroll through River City.
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This van was also involved in the altercation in some way. Police wouldn’t say exactly how, yet, but a bystander said a person in a van drove past a group of people and threw a knife at another person.
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Arrested. Innocent until proven guilty.
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Arrested. Innocent until proven guilty.
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Taken to squad car for transport.
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Cops investigate.
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You have the right to remain silent…
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Foul-mouthed woman stopped by cops, pulls over for questioning.
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Enjoy your chat with law enforcement.
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Puff, puff, pass.
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Beltless man chummin’ with his entourage.
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Van lady prefers to stay out of the news.
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Famous Footwear.
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Van ladies.
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Woman with several children come out of house.
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No comment.
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Police were very interested in this silver van.
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Police were very interested in this silver van.
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Just kickin’ it.
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A woman was taken away and turned down a police officer’s offer to return her hair to her.
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Cheap entertainment.
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You have the right to remain silent…
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Sgt. Steve Klemas picks up the hair weave to deliver it to a woman … who didn’t want it back.
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A live episode of “COPS” was enjoyed by this patriotic young man.
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Your name, please.
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A bag of drugs as the cops look on.
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I’m dad’s little man.
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Sgt. Steve Klemas investigates.
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Stop the vehicle, and get out.
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Peeps in the ‘hood.
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Halt!
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Cops roll up at the booze store.
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Normal, everyday people.
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A little medical attention before going to jail.
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Anything sharp in your pockets?
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Trash and litter strewn about.
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Someone spilled their beer.
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North Iowa law enforcement work together.
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The bag of drugs.
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Yaaaa. What’s … in the bag?

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To help prevent crime in your neighborhood, heed the words of Eric “the crime dog” Bookmeyer, and “Don’t be afraid of snitchin'”.

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