Five Arrested After Star Valley Fight

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After a fight in a Star Valley gravel yard, officers arrested four men at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon and booked another two after a three-hour search.

The men had reportedly met up at the D.D Haught gravel pit in Star Valley when a fight broke out just after 3 p.m.

Reportedly, a juvenile had stolen $200 from a friend of Richard Dabney, 21, of Payson and Dabney was trying to get the money back, said Gila County Sheriff’s Det. George Ratliff.

When the group met, a fight ensued and a shotgun was fired once– no one was hit. The men fled the scene, several in a pickup and two others on foot.

The sheriff’s office got calls of shots fired in the area and officers from Payson, the Forest Service and the sheriff’s office began looking for the pickup.

Forest Service Officer Dan Adams spotted the pickup, stopped it and had its five occupants get out and lay on the ground, his gun drawn near Tyler Parkway and the back exit of Chaparral Pines, Ratliff said.

Dabney was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; Clayton Duhammell, 18, driving under the influence of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, marijuana and false reporting to law enforcement; Raheem Royal, 19, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and Cody Harris, 18, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Three hours later, officers found Kenneth Rogers, 26, of Star Valley with a male juvenile in Star Valley.

Rogers was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, hindering prosecution and false reporting to law enforcement.

Charges may be filed against the male juvenile.

Read more in a future edition of the Payson Roundup.

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