19-year-old Houston man charged with assault in melee at house party


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on March 10, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 10 at 1:47 PM

HOUSTON – A 19-year-old Houston man was arrested after police said he was involved with fight at a house party that left two people with serious injuries in December.

James Earl Watts is charged with aggravated assault stemming from the altercation on Dec. 18 in the 1100 block of Houston Avenue. Dave Middleton Blacklock, 20, and Julio Cesar Mota, 19, also face charges in relation to the case.

According to an affidavit from the Houston Police Department, a witness said she was hosting a birthday party at her residence when the gathering start to get out of hand after large groups of people starting showing up. She then kicked everyone out of the home.

Around 1:30 a.m., people started crowding the street in front of the home and fights started break out on Center Street, witnesses said. Groups of males began running around and punching people and fighting.

One male victim tried to defend himself, but was overwhelmed, witnesses said. The suspects then moved to a second male victim, who fell to his hands and knees when the suspects started kicking and punching him.

One witness said they saw one of the suspects kick the second victim in the head. He was then knocked unconscious when his face was kicked into the concrete, chipping his tooth.

Another male tried to help the second victim, but then the suspects turned on him, witnesses said. They punched him kicked him while he was on the ground breaking his jaw.

A group tried the help the third victim, but was pushed away. One of the females that tried to help was grabbed and thrown into a nearby fence, witnesses said.

Witnesses said they knew the suspects by face and name and provided the information to investigators. Police were able to track down the suspects’ Twitter and Instagram accounts and found that the men had bragged about “knocking out white boys” the night of the party.

Witnesses were then able to identify the suspects from a photo array, investigators said.