• Several arrests made after investigators release video of 70-person brawl at Swissvale bus stop


    SWISSVALE, Pa. - Swissvale police are investigating two fights at a Woodland Hills School District bus stop involving 60 to 70 people on Monday and Tuesday.

    According to police, the first fight happened at a bus stop near the intersection of South Braddock and Woodstock avenues on Monday. Then a second bigger fight broke out at the same location Tuesday.

    Investigators are calling the fight a riot because of the large number of people involved. Police said they’re using video of the fight to help identify those involved.

    Channel 11's Cara Sapida reported that police have arrested 12 juveniles and four adults for their alleged involvement in the fights.

    Authorities said the juveniles include students from Woodland Hills junior and high schools.

    “Everyone will be arrested. Anyone with any involvement at all will be arrested,” Swissvale Police Chief Greg Geppert said.

    Geppert said it is not clear what the fight was about and some detectives called it the biggest brawl they’ve ever seen in this neighborhood.

    “It was appalling and I am very disappointed,” Woodland Hills Superintendent Alan Johnson said Wednesday.

    According to Johnson and Geppert, two teens and one adult have been arrested so far.

    “We are going to hold everyone accountable to the fullest extent,” Geppert said.

    Police stood on every corner of the bus stop on Wednesday after rumors of a third day of fighting spread.

    Woodland Hills School District officials released a full statement Wednesday saying, "The board of school directors and administration of the district are appalled at this incident and we wish to assure all members of the Woodland Hills community and all friends of the Woodland Hills School District that the persons responsible for this will be held fully accountable.  We are working closely with the Swissvale Borough Police Department and other police agencies to identify any and all individuals who may have been involved in this incident and who are also Woodland Hills School District students."

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