In October a bunch of people sent us links to this Facebook post:
A lot of people were asking why we didn’t blog about it back then, and there are two main reasons:
- I generally don’t like the Facebook posts where people post pictures of a woman with a black eye and then point the finger at s dude without any evidence that he actually did it.
- Tyler Byrne is one of the ratchets from the Billerica rap video back in April.
Plus, Rizzy himself commented on the thread in full hardo mode, and said that he’d be kicking the shit out of this guy next time he was in jail.
“I’ll see you in there homie.”
You know you’re a ratchet when you RSVP your next stint in jail.
Anyway, Byrne’s sister Jayda was presented as the victim of a random beating in the media, and three people who allegedly attacked her (including a father and son duo) were charged. From her account she seemed like a completely innocent victim.
Byrne, a nursing student at Salem State University and a native of Woburn, told 7NEWS that she was walking to her car with a friend when they got dragged into an ongoing altercation outside the restaurant. Byrne says she lost teeth and suffered lacerations to her head, in addition to being left with a concussion and body bruising.
“I just blacked out and I just remember getting up and I spit my teeth in my hand,” she recalled. “How these people just randomly started something, I don’t know how I ended up getting involved in it.”
Her “friend” who was really her boyfriend was also arrested for hitting a cop, but only because he did’t want his girlfriend to get the shit kicked out of her.
William Martines, a friend of Byrne’s, was arrested after he allegedly approached one of the officers and shoved him in the chest during the scuffle. Statements and videos later provided by witnesses indicate Xavier Negron initiated a fight with Martines by chasing him around and punching him in the face outside of the restaurant, according to police. Negron’s father — Angel — was also said to be seen punching Martines.
She said her head was also slammed into the ground and kicked.
Negron is also accused of grabbing Byrne and slamming her head into the pavement, allowing Ricko to kick the victim as she lay helpless on the ground. Police say another woman was assaulted in an attempt to shield Byrne and prevent further injury.
“A witness saw me getting attacked and tried to jump in and help me,” Byrne said of the second victim. “She ended up getting punched by the same guy.”
Xavier Negron was arrested at the scene and booked on charges including two counts of assault and battery and one count of assault and battery with a deadly weapon to wit the ground.
Fast forward to yesterday and according to the Salem News the whole thing turned out to be a lie.
Lawyers for a man and woman charged with assaulting another woman during a brawl outside a downtown Salem bar last October say video they have obtained contradicts witness statements and parts of a police report. The attorneys for Amanda Ricko and Xavier Negro say the video, from cameras outside the Peabody Essex Museum, suggests that at a minimum, Jayda Byrne, 20, a Salem State University student from Woburn, was more of a mutual combatant than innocent bystander who told news media that she was “dragged” into the fight while simply walking to her car with a friend in the early morning hours of Oct. 12.
In the museum video, which Stone and Dullea showed to a reporter, Byrne’s friend William Martines, 20, of Billerica, can be seen in a fight with Xavier Negron outside the Village Tavern on Essex Street. Martines, who was later charged with assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and violating the city’s knife ordinance, was part of a group with Byrne that night, Stone said. As the video continues, Byrne is seen running up behind Xavier Negron and making contact with him. He turns and punches her. Stone said his client, a Navy veteran and criminal justice major at Bay State College, didn’t realize that he’d hit a woman and was simply reacting to being struck. Ricko then appeared to kick Byrne. The video does not show Xavier Negron slamming Byrne’s head into the pavement, as suggested in witness statements and a police report.
Well would you look at that? Two meatheads were fighting outside of a bar, the girlfriend thought it would be wise to hit one of the guys and ended up getting hit back herself, and there was no slamming of the head into the pavement. Quite frankly everyone in this story sounds terrible.
The “victim” also forgot to mention that the “bad guys” were walking away when she went after them and knocked one of the defendants unconscious.
Moments later, as the Negrons and Ricko are walking away, Byrne is seen approaching them from behind and striking Ricko, who landed on the pavement and lost consciousness. She was taken to Salem Hospital, with her eye swollen shut and abrasions on her face. Byrne also suffered abrasions and a gash over her eye. She told reporters in October that she lost teeth.
The Judge seems to agree that the video is not good for the “victims.”
Judge Randy Chapman also watched the video before setting the bail.
“I’m not sure I’d describe it as exculpatory,” said the judge, “but it would appear there was some degree of mutual affray here.”
Like I said, everyone in this story sounds horrible. You got one chinstrapped tough guy who apparentl goes out to the bar with his 50 year old sperm donor and gets in a fight with some dude in skinny jeans and his girlfriend. You got another chick who’s related to a backup dancer in a Rizzy parking lot video. The bottom line is you can’t trust any of them, and I feel completely vindicated NOT blogging about this story when tattoo face first posted about it in October.
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