MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — The Macomb Police Department arrested four men involved in what police called a “brawl” early Sunday morning.
Macomb Police Chief Curt Barker said during a press conference Friday, Tevin Currie, 22; Joshua Wells, 25; Ryan Nowak, 21; and Dennis Williams II, 22; all of Kewanee were arrested Thursday.
Barker said hours after Sunday’s incident, Macomb Police started receiving Facebook messages around 1:45 p.m. The messages were regarding the video involving a vehicle attempting to hit pedestrians. Since the investigation started, police have interviewed more than 30 people about the case.
Police said the four men were at a home on the 600 block of West Adams St. for a party at a residence. Shortly after arriving at the party, something was said to upset the four men. Barker said that’s when Currie got into the driver’s seat of black Volkswagen, seen in the video, and tried scaring the individuals at the party by nearly running people over. Wells was seen in the video jumping on the hood of the car while Currie was driving.
Macomb Police Officers responded to the scene Sunday morning around 3:30 a.m. to break up a fight. Barker said the first officer on scene observed what he thought was a fight in the roadway and a car swerving to miss the people in the road. Eventually, additional officers were called to the scene to break up the fight. Once more officers arrived on scene, the individuals began leaving the area.
Barker said after the interviews were conducted, police searched in their system for a car similar to what was reported. On Saturday, the black Volkswagen happened to be pulled over for a minor traffic stop by Macomb Police. This led police to issue warrants and later arrest the four men for allegedly starting a fight and the subsequent vehicular incident.
Nowak and Williams were arrested in McDonough County. Wells was arrested in Bloomington and Currie was arrested in Columbus, Ohio.
Barker said this incident was not a hate crime or an attempted murder. No firearms or weapons were involved in the fight or vehicle incident. Since interviewing witnesses, some people have come forward saying they sustained minor injuries from the incident.
“This was just a normal college party where a fight broke out,” Barker said.
None of the four men were Western Illinois University students.
Currie was charged with aggravated assault and reckless driving. His bond was set at $25,000.
Wells was charged with mob action and battery. His bond is set at $15,000.
Nowak was charged with obstructing justice and Williams was charged with mob action. Bond has not been set for either one.