The charges against two suspects have been announced following a motorcycle crash and brawl.
Omaha police report that the driver of a Pontiac Bonneville stopped at the sign sign on 42nd Street Sunday evening and that the motorcyclist, traveling at a high rate of speed, locked his brakes, as he approached the Bonneville, and slid into the side of the car.
Witnesses tell WOWT 6 News that the Bonneville driver, 22-year-old Eric Sandoval, initially stopped to render aid when he was approached by a large crowd. He told police they threatened him, so he fled the scene. Investigators say a friend of the motorcyclist followed Sandoval around the block, so he returned to the scene and was allegedly assaulted.
Witnesses say friends of the motorcyclist attacked the driver in front of police. Officers tried to break it up and had to call for backup.
A total of three men were taken into custody after the fight; however, only two have been charged. 30-year-old Daniel Randle was booked for misdemeanor assault, disturbing the peace, and carrying a concealed gun. 30-year-old Alonzo Williams was arrested for misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace.
The motorcyclist, 26-year-old Daryll James Woods Jr., was taken to the hospital with a broken leg and arm.
Sandoval suffered injuries to his face during the assault.
The two men who were arrested for assaulting the driver are cousins of the other man involved in the crash. They were in court Monday and their families say that police have it all wrong; that the two men were helping them.
Alonzo Williams shouted at the driver involved in the crash with his cousin, ordering him to talk with police. The Williams family says the driver, Eric Sandoval, drove away from the scene and only came back when they confronted him a block away.
Alonzo yelled, “What are you running for?"
Sandoval was seen holding the right side of his head. It seems he was punched.
In the course of sorting things out, Sergeant Aaron Hanson said, “The black hat needs to stay," in a reference to the man in the black hat, Daniel Randle. Both he and Alonzo Williams were booked for misdemeanor assault.
In the events leading up to that, WOWT 6 News video shows the ambulance with Daryll Woods inside. Woods was suffering from a broken arm and leg.
There was a commotion and our camera panned over to it. Sandoval was already holding his head. It looked as though Williams was going to kick him but stopped.
We talked with Williams' fiancé, Shawnda Simpson, after court. She said the police have it all wrong and that the two were protecting themselves from Sandoval.
Simpson said, “With this being their cousin, they just want justice. It's not that they wanted to hurt nobody. They were bringing him back to the police. If there was going to be some shady stuff, you wouldn't have seen them on camera."
Investigators at the scene said it wasn't a hit and run. The driver feared for his safety from the crowd when he stopped to render aid to the motorcyclist and that's why he left.
The two men arrested said they were only trying to make sure he didn't get away.
Both Williams and Randle need to come up with $500 to get out before trial. It was revealed in court that neither had a history of any serious offense.
Both families said they only wanted to help police in the investigation.