Fight Involving 50 People Sends Des Moines Teen to Hospital

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines 15-year-old went to the hospital after he was knocked unconscious during a fight involving 50 people near the Oakridge neighborhood.

“The kid got kicked in his face and just kind of plopped down in the middle of the street,” says Mona McCamey.

McCamey and her kids were driving home from Vacation Bible Study around 8:00 Tuesday night. They saw the street fight at 15th and Crocker and couldn’t go anywhere because the mob of people blocked traffic.

“If this was one of my sons that was in a fight and people was driving past, I would be very upset,” she says.

McCamey helped get the teenager inside her car to drive him to the hospital. Around that same time, police and the ambulance showed up and took over.

“A mob mentality takes over. Once someone starts something, the others kind of jump in with which is unfortunately what we saw last night,” says Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax.

When officers interviewed the teen in the hospital, he was confused and said he did not know who attacked him. The family and friends of the victim were not cooperative when asked about the incident by police.

“Give him a couple days to settle down. Maybe we’ll get some better statements out of him and hopefully he can pinpoint or narrow down some other suspects and what actually happened and why it shook out this way,” says Halifax.

No arrests have been made in the case. Police are working with security from the Oakridge neighborhood to identify suspects.