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Off duty officer helps break up fight that sent 3 to hospital

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Rochi Kevin Sutton (Source: New Hanover Co. Jail) Rochi Kevin Sutton (Source: New Hanover Co. Jail)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Three people, including an off duty police officer, were taken to the hospital following an altercation at the Sand Bar in Wilmington early Friday morning.

According to Lt. Blanton from the Wilmington Police Department, crews were called to the scene around 1:30 a.m. after reports that someone had a knife. Blanton said the suspect was involved in an fight.

A 911 call reveals a caller saying, "Yes, I need EMS at the Sand Bar, uh...Seahawk Landing right now. Dude get slit up in the face pretty bad."

"Are they fighting?" asks the dispatcher.

"Nah, dude's just standing there," says the caller. "Some dude just come over top of him like that."

When officers arrived they found a victim in the parking lot with a cut to the left side of his face horizontally from his ear, across his face, and through the middle of his nose.

Police said witnesses pointed officers in the direction of 23-year-old Rochi Kevin Sutton, who was being held in the parking lot of the BP Station at South College and College Acres Drive.

Officer Darrel Holmes, an off-duty Wrightsville Beach Police Officer, went to the hospital for a serious cut to his left forearm. He told police he grabbed Sutton and dragged him to security personnel inside the Sand Bar after Sutton assaulted several females.

According to Capt. M K Core, Holmes has worked for the Wrightsville Beach Police Department for six months. Core said Holmes was treated and released from the hospital.

According to the WPD, Sutton was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. He has since been released and was arrested.

Sutton was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon while inflicting serious injuries.

Police were not able to find the weapon.

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