Police break up teens' fight, crowd

More than 50 school-aged spectators gathered in a Langley area neighborhood after school Friday got more than they bargained for when they turned out to watch an arranged fight.

According to the Island County Sheriff's Office, the crowd, which had formed on Island Way at about 3 p.m. that afternoon, scattered on foot and in cars when deputies and Langley police were called to the scene. Sheriff's Lt. Evan Tingstad said the fight, which appeared to be between two teen boys, had hardly gotten going when he, a deputy and Langley Police Chief Bob Herzberg arrived at the scene.

Neighbors called about the fight when, according to witnesses, teenagers trespassed in a number of yards.

Matt Hickman, a South Whidbey High School student who was on Island Way at the time, said the two combatants had only scuffled briefly before law officers arrived. A few teens, including Hickman and a few of his friends, were briefly questioned by sheriff's deputies.

Tingstad said neither of the boys involved in the fight was willing to press charges. No one was cited or charged.

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