mpd badge 30MADISONVILLE, Ky. (6/11/19) — New information was obtained involving water balloon disturbances that led to the arrest of an 18-year-old in Madisonville.

The arrest prompted some community feedback and on social media that a water balloon was no cause for alarm or arrest.

Open records show the water balloon thrown by an adult charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest on the night of June 3 possibly contained chemical substances.

According to the investigation, officers received several calls about individuals throwing water balloons at traveling motorists in the area of Murray Street on the evening of June 3. Officer Taylor Childress spoke to Julian T. Oglesby, 18 of Madisonville, and several juvenile males. The officer asked them to stop throwing balloons at vehicles and go home for the night.

Central Dispatch received another call concerning female juveniles throwing water balloons near Murray Street an hour later, according to police records. Police responded and did not locate the females. Approximately 30 minutes later, Central Dispatch received a 911 call about a large fight in the Marathon parking lot off West Noel Avenue, where officers noted seeing the disturbance that had erupted in the middle of the road.

One group of individuals involved Oglesby and the juvenile males, while the other party involved several female juveniles, records show. The females told police “the males were throwing balloons which contained bleach and Pine-Sol.” Officer Childress spoke to the males involved and issued a verbal warning for them to stay inside for the rest of the evening and stop throwing water balloons.

Meanwhile, Lt. Justin Jones was speaking to the females involved as Officer Childress spoke to the males, according to the report. Jones also asked them to stay inside for the remainder of the evening, and was in the process of releasing the youth to adult custody, when Oglesby and the males got into an SUV Oglesby was driving. Oglesby rolled down the window and tossed a balloon that landed inches away from the group, and then yelled, “Who’s next?” prompting another large disruption of around 20 individuals in the middle of the street.

Lt. Jones ordered Oglesby to stop the car and told him he was under arrest, records show, and then ordered him to get out of the vehicle. Oglesby told the officer he was not getting out of the vehicle. Jones then told Oglesby to put the vehicle in park and Oglesby refused, prompting the officer to remove Oglesby from the vehicle by his upper torso. Oglesby turned his legs in a kicking motion toward Jones and tried to stay in the vehicle, while Jones continued to give verbal commands to exit.

A witness told police she saw Oglesby swing his fist toward Lt. Jones, according to the report. After Oglesby was placed in handcuffs on the ground, he opened the rear door of the patrol car and started a loud disturbance in the middle of the street. Oglesby was again placed in the back of the patrol car as he yelled for his mother, who arrived on scene and was able to calm Oglesby. Oglesby eventually apologized for his behavior, records show. His day in court is scheduled for June 19.

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