FAIRBANKS — It took approximately 20 officers from three police departments and Alaska State Troopers to break up a brawl at a Fairbanks bar early Saturday morning as a crowd estimated at more than 200 spectators watched the melee at minus 30 degrees.
Four men — three Fort Wainwright soldiers and a Fairbanks man — were arrested by Fairbanks police as a result of the brawl that broke out just before 2 a.m. as Fairbanks police were conducting a routine security check.
Arrested on disorderly conduct charges were Kenny Shird Burks, 24, of Fairbanks, and Lewis B. Occhiline, 22; Anthony Ronald Delmoro, 22; and Richard Hyman Brisbon, 21, all of Fort Wainwright.
Two Fairbanks police officers were conducting a routine security check at the Rock n Rodeo bar on the Old Steese Highway about 2 a.m. when the first fights broke out inside the bar, according to charging documents filed in court.
The fights spilled into the parking lot, and the two officers called for back-up. Officers from the Fairbanks Police Department, University of Alaska Fairbanks Police Department, Fairbanks International Airport Police Department and Alaska State Troopers responded.
“We had every one of our available officers there,” Lt. Matt Soden with Fairbanks police said.
“It was a lot of different fights,” he said. “We had fights going on inside that spilled out into the parking lot, the street and all over the place. We had fights that were broken up and started again. A lot of people were told repeatedly to leave, and they would continue to come back and fight further.”
That was the reason Occhiline, Delmoro and Brisbon were arrested. Burks was arrested after an officer saw him punch another man. After police placed Burks in handcuffs, he continued to challenge the man he hit to a fight, the criminal complaint stated.
Police contacted the command post at Fort Wainwright about the fight.
“We’ve been in contact with Fort Wainwright command, and they’ve been very cooperative and are doing what they can to ensure soldiers are aware of what can happen when they go out to bars,” Soden said. “We’re confident we can work with the military to try and minimize things like this continuing to happen.”