Teen arrested at Waterfront Park with gun, police step up patrols

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Posted on March 24, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 24 at 6:45 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- On Monday afternoon, March 24, Metro Police are vowing to beef up security after a mob of nearly 200 teenagers terrorized Downtown Louisville and the Waterfront.

Officials said there are 17 separate incidents that happened in Downtown Louisville.

Video from cameras next to WHAS11 at The Courier-Journal building shows teenagers jumping on cars--but other incidents are much more serious, including robberies, and assaults. Four people were sent to the hospital after beatings that apparently happened to parents in front of their terrified children.

"Truly mob-like behavior,” is how LMPD Police Chief Steve Conrad describes it.

A Louisville man was arrested following an incident at the Big Four Bridge Saturday night.

According to a police report, Je'rece Archie was arrested with a 17-year-old co-defendant around 8:00 Saturday night near the Big Four Bridge.

WHAS11's Renee Murphy will have more on this developing story coming up during the 4 p.m. newscast.

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Police said Archie was seen pulling a handgun out of a trashcan on Waterfront Park.

A short-time later, Archie was arrested and police found a .32 revolver on him.

Je'rece Archie is charged with unlawful transaction with a minor, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and defacing a firearm.

Archie's arrest is the only known arrest following a night of violence in downtown in which three or four assault took place and police worked 17 different cases, including robberies.

“The first incident involved a man who was beaten and robbed after he tried to break-up what appears to be a physical assault and robbery of a 13-year-old girl,” Conrad said. 

Many of the teens left after police responded to that incident at Waterfront Park, but only moved to another part of downtown.

“Officers were then called to the White Castle at 1st and Market Street where they dispersed a crowd of 70 to 80 disorderly people,” Conrad said.
A group of young men near the White Castle then started throwing trash cans at a woman in her stopped car.

“They kicked her car.  She was punched several times in the head,” Conrad said.  According to police, her children were passengers in the car.

Several young men from this same group then allegedly robbed the Bader's Food Market and attacked the clerk.  A different man was then attacked on third and Chestnut, according to police.  But the violence did not stop there.

“Shortly after that, another man was robbed and assaulted at 5th and Broadway – again by a group of young men.  He too, was taken to the hospital," he added.

Assaults sent three people to University Hospital.  Police only made one arrest.

This is a very unusual occurrence for our community,” Conrad said.

Police do not know what started the series of assaults, but believe insults on social media and the warmer weather are factors.  Conrad sees a clear correlation between weather improving and an increase in crime. 

Dispatchers continued to get calls about vandalism on downtown buildings and cars after police responded to final assault.  They are asking for any information about who might have been in these groups, or who they might have assaulted. 

“I am convinced that there were young people doing things they otherwise would not have done,” said Conrad.  “I'm also convinced that there were in that crowd last night who knew things were going to get out of hand - who saw red flags - who could've called us," Conrad said.

Police ask if you have any information to please call 574-LMPD.

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