More charged in Roseboro weekend melee

By Chris Berendt - [email protected]

ROSEBORO — Three more people have been charged in connection with a Sunday morning melee that spilled outside Railroad Street Steakhouse, causing multiple injuries and prompting Sampson County Sheriff’s authorities to use pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

Monica Morgan Tanner, 41, and Ernest Kevin Tanner, 40, both of 79 GE Morgan Lane, Roseboro, and Jeffery Wayne Tanner, 43, of 55 Little Coharie Lane, Roseboro, were each charged Tuesday with disorderly conduct and failure to disperse on command.

All three turned themselves in to sheriff’s authorities at the Law Enforcement Center. They were not arrested, but signed written promises. The charges stemmed from a large crowd fight that broke out at about 1 a.m. Sunday at the steakhouse, located at 102 Southwest Railroad St., Roseboro.

Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Pope said deputies were called to the scene just after 1 a.m. Sunday.

“There was a large crowd in the street and a male subject lying in the street,” said Pope. “It was very volatile and they were very argumentative.”

A security guard working at Railroad Street had been assaulted and deputies deployed pepper spray in an attempt to control the crowd, said Pope, who referred to the incident as a “melee.”

“People were agitated,” the captain said. “All these people were upset, and some were belligerent and failing to cooperate. Some went (to the business) that weren’t even there to begin with. Everybody else decided to get in on it.”

At least two people were believed to have required medical attention. Three people were previously arrested on Sunday in connection with the incident.

Jonathan Edward Carr, 29, of 178 Old Brick Mill Road, Roseboro, was charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury and four counts of simple assault. His bond set at $18,000 secured.

Jonathan Bryan Tew, 47, of 1770 Hobbs Road, Roseboro, was charged with failure to disperse. Kevin Austin Tanner, 21, of 79 GE Morgan Lane, Roseboro, was charged with assault on a government officials and failure to disperse upon command. Tew and Tanner were given unsecured bonds of $2,000 and $2,500, respectively.

Tew and Tanner were arrested at the scene Sunday morning on Southwest Railroad Street. Carr was arrested Sunday evening on North East Street, Roseboro.

Another person, Donna Tew, was also cited with carrying a concealed weapon after allegedly being found in possession of a pistol in her pocketbook, Pope said.

Listed in sheriff’s reports as some of the victims in the incident were Walter Sessoms, 50, of Roseboro; William McPhail, 31, of Autryville; Harold Hall Jr., 35, of Autryville; and Deputy D.E. Carter.

By Chris Berendt

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