Taylorville Police are investigating an incident that took place Friday evening at the Sk8way Roller Rink in Taylorville. According to authorities, Taylorville Police received a 9-1-1 call at 9:28 PM advising that a man in the skating rink was grabbing girls and trying to take them to the bathroom. The caller then warned that the subject was currently outside of the rink. Officers arrived a couple of minutes later and saw several children running around the parking lot.
The officer called for additional units and several officers arrived and located the subject. According to a press release from Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler, Officers had some trouble controlling the situation and a few fights broke out. Police quickly got the situation under control and the subject was taken to the police department and later released.
Taylorville Police advised all witnesses and alleged victims to meet at the Police Department. Approximately 42 adults and children came to be interviewed. Interviews were thoroughly conducted and Taylorville Police are still analyzing these tapes. Chief Wheeler says this is a very sensitive investigation, and Christian County State’s Attorney Wes Poggenpohl has been notified and his office is reviewing the case. Taylorville Police say they have made contact with several of the family members and are keeping them up to date. The subject was released that morning pending the outcome of the active investigation.
Sk8way Roller Rink has shut down their Facebook page and according to their website, are closed for the season. Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more on this story as it develops.
News Director Update: Regional Radio News erroneously posted that he was released from custody on Monday Morning. This is not accurate. He was released that morning. Regional Radio News apologizes for the confusion.