Alabama boat brawlers who fought dinner cruise crew over parking spot identified

Several men with a pontoon boat who got into a massive brawl with a dinner cruise captain over a parking spot have been identified.

One of the brawlers, Richard Roberts, 48, has had his mugshot released. Roberts wears a navy blue polo shirt and no smile or expression in the picture from the Montgomery Police Department.

Roberts turned himself in to police in Selma and was transferred to Montgomery. He has been charged with two counts of third-degree assault for fighting Damien Pickett, a co-captain of the dinner cruise Harriott II, the New York Post reported on Wednesday.

Two other friends of Roberts have also surrendered to cops – Zachary Shipman, 25, and Allen Todd, 23. Their mugshots have not yet been released.

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Pickett reportedly tried to push the pontoon boat away from the reserved parking spot on the Montgomery Waterfront. That’s when Roberts, Shipman and Todd and others in their group allegedly attacked Pickett and his 16-year-old co-worker identified by his parents as Aaren.

More than two dozen people were involved in the fight that erupted by Riverfront Dock on Sunday evening. The fight started as the captain went to the deck and demanded that the pontoon boat group move their boat so the dinner cruise could park.

Eventually, one of the shirtless men who were part of the pontoon boat group lunged at the captain and it turned into a fist fight with upwards of 20 people involved.

On Tuesday, Montgomery police Chief Darryl Albert said the captain had been telling the boat owners over a PA system for 45 minutes to move out of the dock parking spot, but they refused. Instead, they flung ‘curse words’ and ‘obscene gestures’ at the captain, Albert said.

A co-captain of the dinner cruise, Jim Kittrel, said it was not the first time they had encountered the pontoon boaters.

‘This is the same group that comes every year. They’re from Selma and we’ve had trouble with them in the past, but just like jokey things,’ he said on Monday on 93.1 radio’s News & Views with Joey Clark show.

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