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Fight on Pearl Street leaves three charged with assault

Police say a weekend fight on Pearl Street led to three people who were charged with assault and left one woman with a cut above her eye.

Salisbury officers were called to the 300 block of Pearl Street late Sunday night. When they arrived there was a large crowd and several people arguing. The caller, who also resides in the 300 block of Pearl Street, told dispatchers she’d been assaulted by Roshanda Washington.

The victim told police she had a cut above her eye.

Washington, 40, of the 300 block of Pearl Street, was charged with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor simple assault. She was given a written promise to appear in court.

While at the scene several people refused to disperse and back away when officers instructed, one of whom was Drankneesha Kellam.

She was arrested and later issued a citation for disorderly conduct when police realized her 18-month-old child was inside a car at the scene. A report said the family of Drankneesha Kellam told officers she was not involved in the melee.

Police also charged Derrick Anthony Kellam, 37, of the 2600 block of Stokes Ferry Road, with three counts of assault on a female and two counts of simple assault, all of which are misdemeanors.

Authorities said Derrick Kellam struck a man and physically assaulted Roshanda Washington and a 58-year-old woman walking with a cane. She was hit in the back of the head and fell to the ground, a report said.

The victim who was cut in the incident is listed on police reports as Derrick Kellam’s nearest relative.

Danielle Dorsett Robinson, 30, of the 300 block of Pearl Street, was also charged in the incident with misdemeanor simple assault. She is a relative of the 58-year-old victim who was hit.

Police reports show Drankneesha Kellam was the only person in the fight who was cited by police. The others involved were charged after the victims went to the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office and obtained warrants for assault on each other.

All are expected in court in February.

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