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Two arrested after conflict over bar tab

WINNER--Two men were arrested Feb. 15 following their alleged involvement in an altercation at a Winner bar. Winner police were called to the bar at 8:42 p.m. The woman who called reportedly did so because two men were trying to leave the bar wit...

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A Winner Police Department vehicle. (Republic file photo)

WINNER-Two men were arrested Feb. 15 following their alleged involvement in an altercation at a Winner bar.

Winner police were called to the bar at 8:42 p.m. The woman who called reportedly did so because two men were trying to leave the bar without paying their $32 tab.

When officers arrived at the scene, according to court documents, they saw a man later identified as 30-year-old Kevin White being restrained by other bar patrons. When an officer tried to remove the man from the group, he was reportedly told that White had pulled a knife on someone else in the bar.

White allegedly resisted being handcuffed and did not comply with police commands to stop. Once he was handcuffed, he reportedly became "dead weight sliding to the ground," according to a Winner Police Department incident report. He was eventually escorted to a patrol car and transported to the Winner Jail. In the booking area, he reportedly made a gun-like hand gesture at the arresting officer.

One man in the bar told police that the other man who had allegedly failed to pay his tab, Thomas White, 31, of Rosebud, had punched him in the mouth when he tried to keep the men from leaving.

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Both men were charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and second-degree petty theft of $400 or less, all of which are misdemeanors.

Kevin White was also charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and threatening a law enforcement officer. Thomas White was additionally given two simple assault charges.

Tripp County Deputy State's Attorney Zachary Pahlke did not respond to messages from The Daily Republic concerning whether Thomas and Kevin White are related.

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