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Statesboro Police arrested eight juveniles - six Friday and two Monday - charging them with gang activity as well as other crimes for involvement in a Jan. 26 fight at a birthday party held in the Statesboro Recreation Department's Honey Bowen Building.
    More arrests are pending as investigators continue to identify juveniles involved in the melee that ended with one victim stabbed in the arm, said Statesboro Police Capt. L. C. Williams.
    Officers responded to a call about a fight Jan. 26 around 10 p.m. where witnesses said "multiple juveniles jumped on one juvenile and hit and kicked him," he said. "Some adults tried to break up the fight and some of the juveniles attempted to fight with the adults."
    According to incident reports, most of the parties involved in the melee fled upon police arrival. Officers were called to East Georgia Regional Medical Center later that evening, where a juvenile told them he was stabbed during the fight at the Honey Bowen Building, Williams said.
    Statesboro Police detectives Rob Bryan and James Winskey opened an investigation into the fight and learned "the offenders in the case were involved in a local criminal street gang and the incident was gang-related"  and the juvenile who was stabbed turned out to be one of the offenders, he said.
    "A few days after the incident the victim reported two of the juveniles involved in the fight came by his house and one of them threatened to shoot him" Williams said.
    When detectives questioned some of the juveniles involved, they made false statements to officers, he said.
    Friday and Monday, eight of the juveniles involved in the affray were located and arrested, charged with participation in a criminal street gang, terroristic threats, false statements and simple battery.
    After facing a judge in Bulloch County Juvenile Court Monday,  six of the juveniles were detained until a hearing date is set, and two were released to their parents or guardians, he said. The two who were not held were released due to" not having a criminal record or a record of only minor charges," he said.
    The juvenile offenders ranged in age from 14 to 16, according to Det. Rob Bryan.
    Detectives are still trying to identify at least five other offenders involved in the incident, Williams said. "Anyone with information about the offenders involved in this case please contact Det. Sgt. James Winskey or Det. Bryan at 764-9911 or 764-1542."
    All calls will remain confidential, he said.
    Bryan said the arrests follow five other arrests made last year that were gang-related. Several criminal street gangs have been identified in the Statesboro area, he said.
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