Geneva Co. July 4th Mob Arrest

Police have arrested a Geneva man who created a dangerous situation for emergency personnel.

Firefighters responded to a call about a field fire behind riverside apartment complex in Geneva on July 4th.

Once they arrived, a group of more than 30 people began to fire bottle rockets and roman candles at the fire trucks.

One firefighter was struck in the head by one of the fireworks, but wasn't injured.

Police were then called in to control the mob.

Andrew Townsend was arrested and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

Police chief Frankie Lindsey says his officers almost had a riot on their hands.

“Just an idiotic mentality I see it. They call for help after they set the place on fire. Once we get down there, they start shooting fireworks at us. Alcohol was used in it,” said Chief Lindsey.

Townsend remains in the Geneva County jail on $1,500 bond.


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