ROCK HILL — Four men — one who is a convicted felon forbidden from carrying guns — were arrested Saturday after their fight outside a Rock Hill grocery store escalated into a brawl with police when they tried to resist arrest, police say.
At about 2:30 a.m., police found a crowd of people shoving and yelling at each other in front of Bob’s Food Mart on East Main Street, according to a Rock Hill Police report. An officer ordered the group to scatter, but watched as Alextin Davis, 29, lifted up his shirt and began to pull a black revolver from his waistband.
Davis saw the officer approaching and dropped his shirt as he began walking away, the report states. The officer grabbed Davis and the gun, pulled him away from the crowd and handcuffed him.
Police discovered that Davis was once convicted of a violent crime. He was charged with carrying a pistol unlawfully, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a crime of violence and disorderly conduct. He was sent to the York County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.
Other officers arrived on scene to help disperse the crowd when several people refused to leave, the report states. When police tried to arrest Maurice Meeks, 29, he resisted until an officer took him to the ground.
As an officer was handcuffing Meeks, several people ran at the officer. One of them, Vamarrio Anthony, 28, grabbed the policeman’s arm, according to the report. Another officer attempted to arrest Anthony, who pulled away until he too was taken to the ground and cuffed, the report states.
Several other officers arrived on scene and helped clear the parking lot. Latroy Wherry, 26, continued to be “loud and boisterous” and refused to leave, the report states, until he was placed under arrest.
Meeks and Anthony were charged with disorderly conduct and resisting police. Meeks was released on Saturday on a $470 bond, and Anthony was released from jail Monday morning on a $1,500 bond.
Wherry was released from jail Saturday on a $470 bond.