Family members start fracas at police station, officers say


Three people who went to the Western District police station to protest the misdemeanor arrest of a relative found themselves facing more serious charges after allegedly getting into a fight with a policeman, authorities reported.

The officer, Steven Sturm, 28, was struck in the head with his own flashlight and later received five stitches at University Hospital. The three stationhouse visitors were charged with assault with intent to murder.

Police said that after the three arrived about 9:50 p.m. Saturday to protest the arrest of the relative on a charge of failing to obey a lawful order of an officer, they became argumentative and were asked to leave.

A fight ensued between the three and Officers Sturm and James Rogers, according to police.

It ended when Officer Sturm managed to free himself from the fray and draw his gun, Officer Rogers said.

The visitors -- all accused of assault with intent to murder and related charges -- were identified as Robert Cason, 40, of the 800 block of Brooks Lane; and Sean Cason and Angel Anderson, both 22 and from the 1800 block of West North Avenue.

Ms. Anderson was treated for a minor hand injury at Bon Secours Hospital, police said. She was later released on personal recognizance, while the Casons were being held last night on $5,000 bond at the Western District lockup.

The relative, 23-year-old Garland Cason of the 1000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, also was freed on personal recognizance, police said.

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