Police believe teen who started Whataburger brawl is in custody

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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Posted on November 6, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 11:51 PM

PLANO -- Police arrested two juveniles and a 17-year-old adult Wednesday afternoon in connection with the fight at a Whatburger following the Plano/Plano West football game last week, according to Plano Police Public Information Officer David Tilley.

The juveniles were 15- and 16-year-old boys, and the 17-year-old was identified as Daishon Richard Gooden of Plano. All three were charged with riot participation.

“We believe [Gooden] is actually the one who initiated everything,” said Tilley. Police say the videos and witness interviews indicate Gooden threw the first punch.

On Nov. 1, as many as 300 students poured into a Whataburger in the 6400 block of Coit Road. A huge fight broke out and it was captured on cell phone video. 

Apparent friends of Gooden even sent out tweets in the days after the incident alleging Gooden’s involvement with pride: one read, “Of course Daishon Gooden is the one that started the fight.”

Gooden tweeted several days after the incident after seeing the videos: “Let’s pray my grandma don’t noticed [sic] me.”

Tilley says social media has helped but the videos of the fight have been most instrumental.

“They believe it’s going to be interesting to show so they post them out there and it’s all over the place,” said Tilley. 

Tilley credits the hard and diligent work of his detectives in piecing together what happened Friday night.

Two 17-year-olds are already facing assault charges for the fight, which was captured on students' cell phone videos last Friday. Willem Walls and Jacob Hanzl were arrested Monday for assaulting a public servant and evading arrest.

The department is planning adding police officers at the businesses where students will likely congregate after this week's big rivalry games, Plano vs. Allen and Plano West vs. Plano East.

The investigation is ongoing, and Tilley said more arrests are possible.

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