A late-night brawl resulted in multiple broken plate glass windows at a Chestnut Street business Saturday and left what one business owner described as a trail of blood down the street in the direction of the Market House.
Multiple agencies responded to an incident on Chestnut between Park Avenue and Market Street at approximately 2:20 a.m. The incident resulted in several of the large windows on the front of Techbox being knocked out.
Rich Thomas, owner of Techbox, said he was told by police that “there was a major throwdown right outside in front of my shop.”
Meadville police offered no details on the incident later Saturday.
“Officers are still investigating,” a department spokesman said.
Thomas learned of the incident shortly before 4 a.m., he said, when friend woke him at home. He was soon at the shop.
“I found a lot of bloody glass laying on the ground right in front of my door,” Thomas said.
Blood from the incident was still evident later Saturday, according to Ron Gephardt, owner of Chippers Pub, who said he followed a trail of blood drops from in front of Techbox to just past the corner of Chestnut and Market.
Both Thomas and Gephardt said that downtown business owners would be meeting with city officials to discuss the incident.
“We’re going to see if we can’t get something done about this,” Gephardt said, “before someone’s dead.”
Thomas said it was the third time he knew of in which windows of downtown businesses had been damaged under similar circumstances involving unruly late-night crowds.
The latest incident occurred hours before the monthly Second Saturday Community Market took place. Techbox opened for business as usual early Saturday with boards covering the broken windows. Thomas said the store would attempt to keep its normal hours this week.
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