Three charged after July brawl between airmen, Englishmen
September 26, 2006
RAF MILDENHALL, England — Two Cambridge men have been charged with assault and threatening behavior in connection with the July brawl between the two men and two U.S. Air Force airmen outside of a Newmarket nightclub, authorities said.
An 100th Maintenance Squadron airman has also been charged with possession of an article with a blade or point, according to the Suffolk Constabulary.
Edward Harper, 18, and William Harper, 21, who share the same Cambridge address, have both been charged with threatening behavior. William Harper faces one count of assault and Edward Harper faces three counts of assault, according to a Suffolk Constabulary spokeswoman.
Both men are scheduled to appear in Bury St. Edmunds Magistrate’s Court at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Senior Airman Antonio Barranca, 26, faces one count of possession of an article with a blade and is slated to appear in the same court on Oct. 3.
Barranca and an unidentified fellow airman from the 100th Air Refueling Wing were allegedly involved in a fight with the two suspects in an alleyway.
Edward Harper suffered a stabbing wound to the thigh and was treated and released with minor injuries from a Cambridgeshire hospital following the fight.
Another unidentified victim received stitches to a left eyebrow wound.
The 48th Security Forces Squadron at RAF Lakenheath conducts regular late-night patrols with the Suffolk Constabulary in the area where the fight occurred.