BATON ROUGE – A pick-up basketball game at a fitness club turned into a brawl, a stay in jail for one guy and a court summons for another.
Dararius Evans, 25, was charged with disturbing the peace and resisting an officer after the altercation at LA Fitness on Siegen Lane Thursday night. Another, unidentified man, was given a summons – a ticket and requirement to appear in court on charges not heinous enough to be booked into jail.
According to a report about Evans' arrest filed with him being booked into jail, deputies wrote Evans and the other person had a fight over using the basketball court at the gym and Evans shouted he was getting a gun to “shoot the gym up.” Managers became concerned when Evans reached for a camouflaged bag, so they forcefully removed him from the gym.
Video posted on Facebook by user Adam Enamorado showed employees of the gym pushing Evans out as they waited for deputies to arrive. You can link to the original Facebook post HERE.
“Get 'em out,” people shout as they work to get Evans out of the facility. There were a handful of 911 calls about the fight from people who saw it, authorities said.
When a deputy arrived soon after, authorities said Evans was uncooperative and had to be, again, forcibly made to comply with requests. Evans was handcuffed and detained as deputies conducted an investigation.
Evans confessed to deputies, he did not have a gun with him and no gun was found in his bag. Evans said he was actually reaching for his keys.
While Evans said he never threw punches, deputies noted in their report, he was bloodied with injuries to his lip and knuckles. He told deputies he was jumped by two other guys.
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