Offensive Music, Words Lead To Three Arrests

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An altercation that broke out in the Walmart parking lot Wednesday night over racially offensive music ended with three arrests, police said.

Andrew Snoeberger, 33, Paul Ortiz, 32, both of Payson and Davon Carter, 19, no town listed, were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct.

Snoeberger, Ortiz and another man, 22, were playing loud offensive music in a mini van intentionally directed at an African American family, which included Carter, who was loading camping supplies into the back of their pickup truck around 8:30 p.m., the Payson Police Department said.

Police said two men from the mini van went into Walmart and when they came out, got back into their van and moved it several spaces closer to the family while playing the music. The father asked the men to turn the music down because he did not want his grandchildren, a 9-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy to hear it. Several of the men in the van reportedly made racial slurs to the family and then began to drive away.

As they approached the exit, the men stopped the van, jumped out and started yelling at the family at which time Carter began approaching the van.

Several witnesses in the parking lot called police reporting the fight.

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