Birthday party ends in stabbing, beating; several people arrested

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MUNCIE, Ind. (January 27, 2015)- A 21st birthday spiraled out of control, ending in violence and arrests, Muncie police say.

Officers responded to a disturbance on South Ebright Street around 4 a.m. Sunday. They found Alex Garcia beaten up and Caleb Buffenbarger stabbed.

Police say the whole thing started as a fight between two 17-year-old girls, that’s when Garcia allegedly hit one of the girls.

“He returned to his vehicle about five to ten minutes later, a second group of guys from the party came up to him pulled him from the car and beat him up,” explains Sgt. Seth Stanley with the Muncie Police Department.

Stanley says Garcia pulled out a knife and stabbed Buffenbarger five times.  “Lucky for him, it didn’t do any major damage but it could’ve been a fatal incident,” Stanley said.

Police arrested five adults and three juveniles. They also issued nine underage drinking tickets.

“I tried to get people to leave and things started to get out of hand,” said Aaron Hines, who was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The party happened at the home of Hines and his wife, Amber.  Even though it was Aaron’s 21st birthday, he claims he was out earlier. When he got home there were crowds of people there and he had nothing to do with the party.

“It just escalated and then next thing I know fights break out and someone is stabbed,” he said.

Police believe there were up to 50 people at the party; they ended up taking 27 of them in for questioning to figure out what happened.

“You’re always going to have parties, being a college town, but this is a pretty big incident for Muncie,” Stanley said.

Police are still trying to track down one other person who they believe was involved.