COLUMBIA — Two men were charged with third-degree assault Monday in connection with an assault Friday night outside the Blue Fugue.
The two suspects, Ladame Smith, 19, and Martinez Jackson, 18, were arrested after being pulled over for a license plate violation Sunday and charged with the assault of a 42-year-old man, said Sgt. Joseph Bernhard. A third suspect, Darien Cheatum, 19, is also wanted on charges related to the assault. Smith and Jackson have been released on bond.
The confrontation occurred Friday outside the Blue Fugue about 45 minutes before a shooting that happened near the intersection of Tenth Street and East Broadway. Three people were injured during the shooting.
Spencer Pearson, who was managing the Blue Fugue over the weekend, said there was a fight outside the club about 11:30 p.m. One man who had been attending a show was outside the venue smoking a cigarette when three other men came out of an alley and "jumped him," Pearson said. The victim of the attack ran back into the venue, and the bouncer prevented the attackers from following him, according to previous Missourian reporting.
On Monday, Bernhard said detectives were investigating a possible link between the assault and the shooting, but did not disclose that arrests had been made Sunday in connection with the Friday assault.
On Tuesday, Officer Latisha Stroer, a police spokeswoman, said the Police Department did not know if the assault and the shooting were related. Stroer said she did not know if the suspects in the assault had been questioned about the shooting.
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