QuikTrip fight leads to crackdown on loitering

Posted at 5:33 PM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 22:34:26-04

OWASSO, Okla. - Police are cracking down on loitering in an effort to prevent future fights after a fight was recorded outside an Owasso QuikTrip.

The fight that took place Friday was posted on a YouTube page where viewers are encouraged to share their fight videos.

Businesses by Owasso High School say this is at least the fourth fight to take place in the area this year, and they have seen enough.

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Outside the QuikTrip on Friday, a retired police officer tried breaking up the fight, but ended up getting himself hit.

Inside Raze of Beauty close by, Tiffany Hopper says the fights stopped for a while. "It has been about a month or two. McAlester's quit letting them hangout over there," Hopper said. 

Owasso police started patrolling the area and breaking up any groups of students. Hopper said she wishes the kids weren't allowed to hang out in the area at all.

"It was more after the fights a while back, then I didn't see it as much, but I see them driving around a lot," Hopper said. "I just wish they wouldn't let them hangout at all around here."

Monday QuikTrip and Owasso Public Schools confirmed that they are working with Owasso police after someone recorded Friday's fight.

Jason Woodruff, Chief of the Owasso Police Department says the department is investigating the fight.

"Still under investigation," Woodruff said when asked about the video. "It has been referred to our detectives. We anticipate in the next week or so being able to turn that over to the district attorney's office."

After the investigation charges could then be filed.

QuikTrip, McAlester's Deli and other businesses have recently adopted no loitering policies. Owasso officers said they will now be writing tickets for anyone found loitering.

At Raze of Beauty, owner Rena Lutz understands if the area is getting bad image.

"Why would you want to come in here and have a nice spa day or whatever and have all these children out here beating on the windows, throwing things at the windows," Lutz said.

Lutz also mentioned she wants more officers in the area after school, but understands that the Owasso Police Department needs to cover a whole city.

Below is the full statement Owasso Public Schools released Monday.

    "Owasso Public Schools was made aware of an after-school incident that occurred on Friday, April 8, at the convenience store located across the street from the high school.   While the incident occurred off campus, the school district is cooperating with the Owasso Police Department as their investigation into this matter moves forward."

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