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Big Sioux Falls bar fight ends with three people in custody

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Three men are in custody after a large bar fight in Sioux Falls.

It happened Friday morning around 1 a.m. at Big's Sports Bar on West 12th Street.

Sioux Falls Police say when they arrived, there were an estimated 80 to 100 people involved.

The fight broke out after a 2 Pistols concert the bar held that night.

Officer Sam Clemens says one man was hit by a beer bottle and had to have 19 stitches on his head.

According to police, three men were taken into custody. Frederick Green, 41, of Sioux Falls, was arrested for disorderly conduct for throwing punches. 35-year-old Marcus Vaughn is facing charges for disorderly conduct for pushing an officer. Daniel Harbor Jr., 34, also of Sioux Falls, faces disorderly conduct and misdemeanor marijuana charges.

While brawls of this magnitude are fairly uncommon, any time you have a lot of people together in a small space with a little alcohol, it only takes one spark to ignite this kind of fight.

"Any type of a live venue that you do, when you get a number of people in the bar, you never know, one bad apple could cause a problem," said Gary Kludt, the owner of Big's Sports Bar.

That's why security's first step it to remove the problem person before things can escalate.

"Our officers are instructed, any problem with any individual, just escort them out. Anyone that causes a fight, they can cuff and stuff them and take them downtown," said Kludt.

But if the fighting spreads, the next step is to find the instigators and diffuse the situation.

"The main thing the officers are going to do is try to separate the people. Try to look for maybe the instigators or the ones that are actively causing the problems and get them out," said Officer Sam Clemens with the Sioux Falls Police Department.

They're also the people most likely to face charges.

"If they're engaging in fighting behavior, they could be charged with disorderly conduct," said Clemens.

But anyone caught in the middle of a car fight could face charges for throwing a punch.

"If you have people that are hurt and injured and want to press charges, then you may be looking at simple assault or aggravated assault charges," said Clemens.

That's why it's best to get away as soon as you see a fight break out.

"There could be times where you might be stuck in the middle, try to get yourself out of that situation, duck in between people or moving out of the way," said Clemens.

Once you're in a safe place, it's also important to call 9-1-1 so police can help break up the fight.


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