Weekend scuffles reported in Taipei, Tainan

File photo courtesy of the Taipei City Police Department for illustrative purpose.

TAIPEI (CNA) — Police in Taipei and Tainan were busy during the early hours of Sunday morning to breaking up scuffles outside entertainment venues in those cities.

Officers on patrol in Taipei’s Xinyi Precinct noticed a fight outside a night club at 2:50 a.m., where a 25-year-old man, surnamed Lin, was waving a blade, the precinct said.

Lin was tackled by the officers and arrested for violating the Social Order Maintenance Act, according to the precinct, which is close to the Taipei 101 skyscraper and several night clubs in the area.

His case has been handed over to prosecutors to determine if formal charges should be filed against Lin.

Police in Xinyi Precinct also noticed a drunk man aged around 20, surnamed Chen, shouting outside a night club sometime after 3 a.m.

The man was taken into protective custody, the precinct said, without indicating if and when Chen would be released.

Just about an hour later, the police intervened in a confrontation between two groups of clubbers at around 4 a.m., and four men were arrested, including a man surnamed Wang who hit the deputy head of a police station.

Wang, who was arrested for obstructing a police officer, was also turned over to prosecutors for further investigation.

The precinct said it has increased patrols as more people stay out at night in the area with the COVID-19 outbreak in Taiwan easing.

Police in Tainan, meanwhile, received a call that two groups of people in a Cashbox karaoke outlet were fighting at around 7 a.m.

After police arrived at the scene and broke up the two groups, they found that four of the 12 involved in the fight were injured, including two who may have been stabbed by a blunt object.

The four injured were sent to hospital, while the other eight people were taken into police custody for questioning, said Wang Sen-yang (王森瑒), head of the Tainan City Police Department’s Second Precinct.