By Joe Wiercinski
Herald Staff Writer
A city man was attacked and beaten by a group of young men at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday near South Oakland Avenue and Edgewood Road in Sharon, police said.
The 24-year-old victim told police he was walking home from a friend's house when seven men approached him and tried to goad him into a fight.
The attackers surrounded the man, smacked him on the head and pushed him to provoke a reaction. They chased him on Edgewood, where they punched him in the head and body, knocked him down and kicked him repeatedly, causing scrapes and bruises, police Chief Mike Menster said.
The victim, who is white, didn't recognize any of the assailants, who are black. His injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening but he was taken by ambulance to the emergency room of Sharon Regional Health System, Menster said.
Early Thursday, state probation and parole agents and Sharon police saw two young men on New Castle Avenue who were walking toward Farrell.
They had reached the border with Farrell when police stopped them to talk to them in the area of South Oakland, George Street and Hamilton Avenue.
Both were found to be carrying guns when they were patted down and turned over to Southwest Mercer County Regional police, Menster said.
"We don't have any reason to connect them to the assault at Edgewood and Oakland," he said, "but we'll meet with Southwest investigators and discuss it."
Southwest police Chief Riley Smoot identified the pair as a 17-year-old boy and and Daniel O. Irby, 18, of 931 Division St., both from Sharon.
The boy was carrying a .32-caliber revolver and Irby had a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol and some suspected marijuana, Smoot said.
Irby was charged with carrying an unlicensed gun and possession of marijuana by District Judge Dennis M. Songer, Sharon. He was taken to Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond.
The 17-year-old was taken to Keystone Adolescent Center in West Salem Township to await a detention hearing in Mercer County Common Pleas Court, Smoot said.