St. Bernard street brawl posted on social media leads to arrests

St. Bernard street brawl posted on social media leads to arrests

ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A video of a large outdoor fight in eastern St. Bernard Parish posted on social media has led to the arrest of three men, two women and a female juvenile. Several others are being sought, according to Sheriff James Pohlmann.

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The fight happened on Suzi Drive the first week of June, and the video was posted June 5. The man who taped and posted the incident, 31-year-old Elbert Kruse, is among those arrested, booked with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. No one has reported being seriously injured, the sheriff said.

"This melee between possibly 15-20 men, women and juveniles wasn't reported to us at the time it was happening," although several others were watching, Pohlmann said. “But we have identified a number of people based on a video that surfaced.''

Two men and two women were booked with disturbing the peace by fighting and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. A 15-year-old girl from eastern St. Bernard Parish was booked with aggravated assault for allegedly trying to use a stun gun on someone during the incident.

Arrested were Cassie Goodling Cuccia, 21, of Chalmette; Lena Ellzey, 23, of Violet; the juvenile girl; Kruse, of Chalmette; and Joushua Meyers and Dalton Kieff, both 19 and both from eastern St. Bernard Parish.

Kruse was being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison in lieu of $3,000 bond. He was also held in contempt and sentenced to 15 days in jail for his behavior in court. The other adults were being held in lieu of bond set at $3,500 each. The 15-year-old was being held in the Juvenile Detention Center.

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