Five Charged in West Hartford Fight

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    Police made five arrests outside Shish Lounge.

    Five people were arrested early Friday morning after a brawl outside a restaurant and lounge in West Hartford.

    Police said they had to use a stun gun and pepper spray to take one suspect into custody after the owner of Shish Lounge called at 12:51 a.m. to report a disturbance among customers who were leaving the establishment.

    When police arrived, Shish security staff members were trying to restrain one person in the middle of a large crowd that had gathered outside the lounge.

    Police said Raymond Rodriguez, 38, of Manchester, resisted arrest and they shot him with a stun gun and sprayed him with pepper spray.

    Shish security later identified Luis Martinez, 33, Victor Davila, 22, and Cristobal Tifa, 36, all of Hartford, as being involved in the fight.

    Police also arrested Carlos Lopez when police noticed him yelling and pulling at the officer who was trying to arrest Rodriguez, according to a news release from police.

    Police said several people, including security staff, reported having been punched in the face during the altercation.

    One victim was bitten on the arm and suffered extensive bleeding and bruising.

    Rodriguez was charged with breach of peace in the second degree, second-degree assault and third-degree assault. He was released on a $25,000 surety bond.

    Martinez was charged with breach of peace in the second degree and third-degree assault. He was released on $2,500 non-surety bond.

    Davila was charged with breach of peace in the second degree. He was released on a $1,000 non-surety bond.

    Tifa was charged with breach of peace in the second degree and released on $1,000 non-surety bond.

    Lopez was charged with interfering with an officer and released on $5,000 surety bond.