FAIRBANKS — Three people were jailed and one person was sent to the hospital after a brawl at the Red Fox Bar and Grill about 12:28 a.m. Monday morning.
The fight involved at least six people and took place over two pool tables and into the kitchen, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said. University of Alaska Fairbanks police also responded to the scuffle.
At the end of the night, Derek Hibbbs, 26, and John Jackson, 24 — both Fort Wainwright soldiers — were charged with felony assault.
Hibbs is accused of kicking a 22-year-old woman from Fairbanks in the face with a military boot. She was knocked unconscious. She was later taken to Bassett Army hospital and released.
Jackson is accused of punching a 23-year old man from Fort Wainwright in the head. Because Jackson has training and experience as a boxer, his fists are legally considered dangerous instruments.
Shawn Olson, 24, of Fort Wainwright has been charged with sixth-degree disorderly conduct for allegedly joining the fight.
A misdemeanor assault charge for Hibbs’ wife, Amanda Hibbs, 24, has been forwarded to the district attorney’s office. She allegedly started the fight with the woman her husband is accused of kicking in the head.
The four people charged and identified as instigators were leaving the bar together in a cab when troopers arrived, Ipsen said.
When they were arrested, Jackson did not follow troopers’ orders and was Tasered. He also provided a false name, Ipsen said. All four said they were not involved in the fight.
Troopers consider the brawl as a series of interrelated fights between people who in most cases did not seem to know each other, Ipsen said.
There were many witnesses, some of them sober, she said.
Witnesses told troopers Jackson had been asked to leave the bar earlier.
Later, he reportedly went up to the bar and punched a man in the face without warning. The men did not know each other and had not any other interaction that night, Ipsen said. A woman playing pool with the man at the bar reportedly tried to break up the fight.
At this point Shawn Olson joined the fight and it escalated, Ipsen said. Amanda Hibbs allegedly began a fight with the woman who had been trying to break the fight up. When the woman was on the floor, her husband allegedly kicked the woman in the face.
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