SALEM — Four people are facing several charges after a brawl outside the Village Tavern at 1 a.m. on Saturday.

Police said one of the victims had her face smashed into the brick sidewalk, then was kicked in the side while she was on the ground.

Two of the alleged assailants, 27-year-old Xavier Negron of 104 Hutchinson St., Revere, and 25-year-old Amanda Ricko of 10 Johnson St., Peabody, were arraigned Wednesday in Salem District Court. Both were released on bail under several conditions, including GPS monitoring bracelets and orders to stay away from the victims, the Village Tavern, and Salem State University. Negron's bail was set at $1,000, while Ricko's bail was $500.

During the arraignment, a person in the courtroom audience yelled, "She's a 20-year-old girl," apparently in reference to one of the victims.

According to a police report, several officers were dispatched to the Village Tavern at 168 Essex St. for the second time that night, this time for a report of a fight. The officers said they saw two women, later identified as Ricko and Jayda Byrne, engaged in "mutual combat."

The officers, Patrick McMenimen and Derek Sears, broke up the fight and placed Byrne, who had a large gash above her right eye, in handcuffs. As McMenimen approached Ricko, a man named William Martines got in the officer's face and shoved him in the chest with two hands, according to the report.

By that time several other police officers had arrived and helped put both Martines and Ricko in handcuffs. Ricko was taken to Salem Hospital by ambulance for a small laceration above her left eye, which was swollen shut.

Witnesses told police that Negron and Ricko were the "primary aggressors" in the fight. The witnesses said that Negron "viciously slammed" Byrne to the ground, where she struck her head on the brick pavement. Ricko then kicked Byrne in the side while she was on the ground, witnesses told police.

Later that day officers reviewed video footage obtained from the Peabody Essex Museum that showed Negron and his father, Angel Negron, chasing Martines around in circles and punching Martines in the face. Angel Negron also punched Byrne in the face after she was knocked to the ground by Xavier Negron, the police report said.

Another woman at the scene, Jennifer Toussaint, tried to protect Byrne by covering her up, and Ricko punched Toussaint in the face, police said.

Xavier Negron was charged with two counts of assault and battery and one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (the brick ground). Ricko was charged with two counts of assault and battery and one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (her foot), as well as with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

A hearing on the charges was set for Dec. 5.

Police also arrested Martines, 20, of 29 Arcadia Road, Billerica, on charges of assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and violation of the city's knife ordinance. Angel Negron, 49, of 6 Ropes St., Salem, also faces charges of two counts of assault and battery. 

Only Xavier Negron and Ricko were arraigned on Wednesday. A spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney's Office said a person was summonsed to a clerk's hearing for two counts of assault and battery, but the name could not be released unless or until the clerk issues the complaint. 

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or

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