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Police Arrest 3 After Knife Fight at Hoogard Market

Darae Ishir Thompson, 22, Kenneth Davis, 20, and Jean Medor, 20, were all arrested after incident on Washington Avenue.


Three West Orange men were arrested after knife fight allegedly took place in Hoogard Market, West Orange police said.

According to police, officers responded to the market, located at 33 Washington Ave., after a report of a knife fight at about 4 p.m. on Jan. 22.

When police arrived, they were told a man with the knife, later identified as Darae Ishir Thompson, 22, got into a silver SUV and drove away on High Street.

According to the report, the SUV was pulled over in 100 block on Franklin Avenue.

Police said Thompson, a passenger in the front seat, had fresh cuts on his hand. Thompson was asked to get out of the SUV.

"The knife is under the seat," Thompson allegedly told police as he exited. After a search, police found a kitchen-type knife under the front passenger seat.

An open container of gin was also found on the rear passenger floor, police said.

The driver, Kenneth Davis, 20, and a rear passenger, identified as Jean Medor, 20, were arrested for the open container. 

After arresting Medor, police found clear plastic bags, used to store controlled-dangerous substances, inside his jacket. 

Thompson was charged with fourth-degree possession of a weapon.

According to the report, the fight was between Thompson and the owner of Hoogard Market. The owner was uncoorerative and refused to give a statement, police said. 

Medor was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and underage possession of alcohol.

Davis was charged with underage possession of alcohol.

All three men were released with a court date of Thursday, Jan. 31.

Tom February 01, 2013 at 05:20 AM
Thank you for your coverage and reporting. Any chance of chance of getting the news quicker? Photos of the criminals? Thanks
Herb Raskin February 03, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Its Washington Street - not Ave.
Tom February 03, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Two of them are West Orange high school graduates. Does anyone know who the third is? Do any have prior arrests? Outstanding warrants? All three are residents. I wonder if the store owner is afraid for his safety? Is that why he would not give information? They have been released. I hope the police know the addresses of these people and keep an eye on them! I know I will And hopefully other residents will too

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