17 American teens arrested after fight with Germans at Wiesbaden
June 18, 2005
German police arrested 17 American teens in Wiesbaden, Germany, in connection with a fight with two Germans over a baseball cap after school let out for summer vacation Thursday.
The students arrested — including one girl — range in age from 15 to 18, and are believed to be involved with trying to steal the hat from one German teen, hitting him in the head, and then pushing him head-first into a store window.
According to a Wiesbaden police report, a couple of American teens asked two Germans, ages 18 and 19, to borrow their baseball cap. At first the cap was returned, but then it was asked for again.
The Americans didn’t want to give the hat back the second time, according to the report, and the German teens were led to a group of Americans just before the violence broke out.
Donna Dean, a 221st Base Support Battalion spokeswoman, said the military had not received any information by the end of the day Friday. She said the investigation is ongoing.
German police were not available for comment by phone and did not return e-mail queries Friday.
Dean said she knows all the arrested children have been released to their parents, but does not know if any had been charged with a crime.