Five Vancouver teens face charge of rioting with weapon

Nail-studded board, knife, pipe involved, documents say

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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Five Vancouver teenagers appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of an alcohol-fueled fight early Friday involving a knife, a pipe and a nail-studded 2-by-4 at Oak Grove Neighborhood Park.

Clark County sheriff's deputies were called at 5:11 a.m. to a report of a fight involving several people in the park on Northeast 159th Avenue at Northeast 70th Street.

Nathan H. Tomasini, 18, Ryan D. Thomas, 18, Demetri J. Chambers, 18, Steven M. Lindteigen, 18, and Christopher D. Hamilton, 19, each face a charge of rioting with a weapon at their arraignment on Friday.

Lindteigen and Hamilton also face a charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol.

Judge Robert Lewis released Thomas, Hamilton and Chambers while charges are pending. Lindteigen was held on $10,000 bail, and Tomasini was held on $5,000 bail.

Tomasini is accused of assaulting Thomas and his roommates, Trevon Christensen and Isaiah Christensen, with a knife while they were walking in the park, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court. Trevon Christensen had knife slashes on his right forearm and the right side of his body. According to Tomasini and his brother, Anthony Finstad, Trevon and Isaiah Christensen and Thomas had a 2-by-4 studded with nails and struck them with it, the affidavit says. Finstad said one of the men also tried to strangle him, the affidavit says.

Chambers, Lindteigen and Hamilton also were allegedly involved, though the affidavit doesn't specify what role they played. Lindteigen and Hamilton gave breath samples and tested positive for drinking alcohol, according to the court document.

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