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Bloomington police arrest three after car windows bashed in with baseball bat

Three people were arrested Sunday after an argument led to them bashing in car windows by hand and with a baseball bat, police said.

Bloomington Police Department received a call around 6:45 p.m. saying two males were near apartments at 2607 N. Walnut St. knocking out car windows with baseball bats. The caller told officers he helped break up a fight between the men in the parking lot, Lt. John Kovach said. 

By the time officers arrived on the scene, the people involved had fled. After speaking with witnesses, police located those involved. Additionally, police said one witness recorded a video of the incident.

The video showed Mason Lamb, 20, yelling at Ernest Brewster, 53, to leave the area. Once Brewster got in his black van, Kovach said Lamb knocked in the side window with his hand.

Brewster, carrying a baseball bat, then got out and yelled at Lamb. With him was 22-year-old Cory Pless and a third man, police said. The third man left while Brewster used the baseball bat to break a rear windshield of a black Ford Escape, witnesses said.

Lamb, Pless and Alexis Montgomery, 19, the owner of the Escape, started punching and kicking Brewster, who police said was on the ground trying to defend himself.

When officers arrived, Brewster’s face was bleeding, but he was not hospitalized. Officers gave him a summons for criminal mischief but did not arrest him. 

Lamb, Pless and Montgomery were arrested on charges of battery and disorderly conduct. Lamb is facing an additional charge of criminal mischief for breaking Brewster’s window. 

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