Four bystanders arrested after fight breaks out with police

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -- Four people were arrested in Greenville early Saturday morning after a group of bystanders became physical with police.

According to Greenville police, two patrolling officers approached a vehicle stopped in the middle of the road near the intersection of 5th Street and McKinley Street.

The two officers saw a man trying to get into the backseat of the car to confront a woman.

Authorities arrested the man, who they say started striking his head against their patrol car.

Police say a large group of bystanders yelling at the officers then began pushing and punching them, while also attempting to take one of the officer's tasers.

Backup arrived, and one woman had to be tased after punching an officer in the back of the neck.

One individual was found to be in possession of a knife.

The four individuals charged are Elijah Clemons, 18, Trevon Tyson, 21, Malesha Ward, 18, and Ismyar Langley, 26.

A press release to WITN originally said Tyson was 18, and he has now been confirmed as 21 years of age.

All four face multiple charges, including resisting a public officer. Clements, Ward, and Langley each face charges of assault on a government official.

Clements made his first court appearance Monday morning. He asked for a court-appointed attorney and is due back in court on March 30.

A 17-year old juvenile was also taken into custody but later released to his parents.