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Six Arrested in Saturday Morning Saloon Brawl

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
May 31, 2017
Posted in: Crime and Police News

At least six people were arrested after what police described as a "chaotic" brawl at a bar Saturday morning on Evans Avenue.

McKeesport police said a fight broke out at about 1:55 a.m. inside the Double S Saloon and spilled into the street.

As the first officers arrived, police said, at least 10 people were in the street, "fighting and throwing punches," with another 10 or more watching. One man was armed with a pool cue, police said.

Officers needed pepper spray to subdue two people, while another man was bitten by a K-9 officer and taken to UPMC McKeesport hospital for treatment, police said.

According to McKeesport police, the following people face charges:

  • Minielba Coles, 39, of McKeesport, with obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness;
  • Adarius Collins, 30, of McKeesport, with riot, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness;
  • Darrell Collins, 34, of McKeesport, with obstruction of justice, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness;
  • Norman J. Hayden, 43, of McKeesport, with riot, obstruction of justice, resisting arrest, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness;
  • Keith A. Jones Jr. 32, of McKeesport, with riot, obstruction of justice, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness; and
  • Jeffrey Robinson, 47, of McKeesport, with failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness;

Court records indicate Hayden is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bond, while Jones and Adarius Collins are free after posting $5,000 percentage bond. Darrell Collins is free on his own recognizance, court records state.

According to police reports, officers first attempted to disperse the crowd by blasting the sirens on their squad cars, and then waded into the fray in an attempt to break up the fight.

But as police attemped to separate the main people throwing punches, officers said, the crowd turned on them.

Police described Hayden as "the main aggressor" and allege that he made reference to having a gun and threatening to kill police officers.

According to reports, Coles arrived in a car after the fight was broken up, parked the vehicle in the street, and then got out and began to argue with officers. After being asked to leave the scene "no less than 20 times," McKeesport police said, Coles was arrested.

Adarius Collins was bitten on the upper left arm by a K-9 officer, according to a report, after police said he advanced on the K-9's handler. He was treated at UPMC McKeesport hospital, police said.

Police said Hayden fought with officers attempting to place him into custody and was taken to UPMC Presbyterian hospital for treatment of a mouth injury. Court records state that Hayden was arraigned in Pittsburgh Municipal Court before being transported to the Allegheny County Jail.

Adarius Collins, Darrell Collins, Hayden and Jones face a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. June 5 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi Jr., while Robinson and Coles face a preliminary hearing July 24, also before Riazzi.

Originally published May 31, 2017.

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