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Five charged in Aquarius brawl

By Janice Gregorson

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

Five of six people arrested in connection with a fight outside the Aquarius Club early Sunday morning are now charged with riot and disorderly conduct charges.

One woman faces a felony charge for allegedly grabbing a police officer around the neck and clawing his neck during the melee.

The five arraigned on criminal charges Monday afternoon were Vanessa Shawnta Patton, 22, of 1570 -8 50th St. N.W., Rochester; Brandon Jeffrey Harris, 25, of Chicago; Joshua Louis Lenoir, 20, 2312 Valleyhigh Dr. N.W., Rochester; Jacqueline Yvette Lenoir, 24, 2312 Valleyhigh Dr. N.W., Rochester; and Nashauna Nicole Johnson-Lenoir, 19, Chicago. A sixth person arrested was hospitalized over the weekend and not arraigned.

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Patton is the only person facing a felony charge. She is charged with fourth-degree assault on a peace officer for allegedly clawing at the neck of an officer. She also faces gross misdemeanor third-degree riot and misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges. Judge Terrance Walters set her bail at $3,000 without conditions or $1,000 with conditions attached.

Johnson-Lenoir is charged with gross misdemeanor third-degree riot, two counts of gross misdemeanor obstructing the legal process and one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Her unconditional bail is set at $4,000 with conditional bail set at $1,500.

All the others are charged with gross misdemeanor third-degree riot, one count of gross misdemeanor obstructing the legal process and one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Harris’ bail is set at $4,000 without conditions or $1,500 with conditions attached. Bail for Jacqueline and Joshua Lenoir was set at $1,000 without conditions or $250 with conditions attached. All five return to court June 25.

The complaints say that prior to the arrival of law enforcement officers, two bouncers at the Aquarius Club had been assaulted, one punched in the face and one hit with a bottle. Authorities said they were unable to identify which suspects committed those assaults.

The complaints indicate that there had been a fight inside the bar and that the melee continued outside. Authorities said at least one officer was pushed by the one or more of the suspects, and others were trying to stop officers from making arrests. The complaint said Joshua Lenoir pulled free of an officer’s grasp and attempted to charge toward other officers arresting another person and had to be tackled by an officer and several bouncers.

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