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Outside high school football game Friday: two arrested for assault, one visits hospital for evaluation, police investigating

On Friday, while a big crowd was cheering the Canby Football team on to their first victory in more than two years, outside, a moral defeat of sorts was taking place as a fight led to the arrest of two minors on assault charges.

Canby Police Chief Bret Smith said Canby Police are still investigating to determine who was involved and what prompted the incident.

At this point, it is known that a group of five minors apparently targeted one Baker Prairie Middle School seventh-grader on the evening of Friday, Oct. 25, per Smith. This occurred outside the football game on the front lawn of Canby High School, across from McDonalds, police said.

Because minors are involved, police and The Herald are not naming individuals.

"Something had happened maybe prior to this particular event that night, that then, when they met up, kind of escalated into this assault," Smith said, "and we're just trying to determine what that was about and actually who was involved and if there's any other information that we need to be aware of."

Canby Police were on scene quickly and began attempting to piece together what happened. They arrested two minors for assault.

"There may or may not be more arrests depending on what we find," Smith said.

The minor who was allegedly assaulted visited the hospital as a precautionary measure, Smith said, to determine whether there was any head injury.

"It's my understanding there was no serious injury that was associated with this event," Smith said.


Four more minors arrested in Canby

Smith said he is not aware of the presence of any weapons at the scene and does not have any report or evidence of gang involvement.

"We're taking it seriously. We're investigating it seriously," Smith said. "We're trying to make sure that we understand all the issues and we identify all those involved."

Smith expects the investigation to wrap up soon, but can't say for sure when. Canby Police are working to conduct interviews, he said, which in this case, involves coordinating schedules with not only witnesses and those involved, but also with the parents of the minors.

Once Canby Police officers complete the investigation, they will turn it over to the county juvenile department for review.

Baker Prairie Middle School Principal Jennifer Turner sent a letter to families on Monday, Oct. 28 to address what happened and clarify misinformation that was apparently circulating, noting she had "first-hand" insight into the incident as she was at the game.

"It has been said that students provided information to my office that there was going to be an incident at the football game," Turner said in the letter. "That is not true. Assistant Principal (Travis) Opperman and myself had the opportunity to talk to several of our students on Friday after four high school students were escorted off the campus Thursday when school was let out.

"Our interviews with students did not lead to any information that raised concerns," she continued in the letter. "We take the safety and security of students seriously both during the school day and outside the school day."

Turner encouraged anyone with information to contact her at 503-263-7171 or Canby Police at 503-266-9316.

Kristen Wohlers
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