Woman allegedly uses bowling ball as weapon in fight

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published March 5, 2018

 Ariel Gaskin

Ariel Gaskin

BERKLEY — A woman was arrested at a local bowling alley after allegedly using a bowling ball as a weapon in a fight.

Ariel Danielle Gaskin, 26, of Detroit, was arrested at around 1:30 a.m. Feb. 25 at Hartfield Lanes, 3490 W. 12 Mile Road, and later was arraigned at the 44th District Court on a charge of felonious assault.

According to the police report, Berkley Public Safety Department officers were called to the scene, where an employee of the bowling alley said that a fight was in progress. Police said officers went inside to find a large, hostile crowd with small groups of people screaming and yelling at each other. There were approximately 40 people in the alley, with several pushing each other and others squaring off, according to police.

“There was numerous people fighting, tussling around. They were able to separate everybody, calm it down and identify the main two parties that were involved, that started the fight, which were two females,” said Berkley Public Safety Detective Lt. Andrew Hadfield.

Hadfield said officers drew their Tasers to diffuse the situation.

“The Tasers are brought out in the use of protecting someone from an assault,” he said. “There were numerous fights that were going on — mild pushing and shoving. From what I understand, the officers had deployed the Taser in the event to get someone to comply. Everybody there did comply with stopping.”

After the crowd was calmed, officers began talking to witnesses to determine what had happened. According to the report, witnesses told police that Gaskin and the victim, a 27-year-old Detroit woman, have a history with each other, with the victim stating that there were family issues with Gaskin and her boyfriend, who is the victim’s brother.

Security footage viewed by police, according to the report, showed Gaskin hanging around a bowling ball stand when the victim walked down a nearby staircase with family members. When the two confronted one another, Gaskin, with a bowling ball already in hand, allegedly used it to strike the victim in the face.

“This is the first time I’ve heard of a bowling ball used as a weapon, but anything that somebody uses as a weapon, it becomes what we call felonious assault,” Hadfield said.

This caused a fight between the two that started with punches and then wrestling, police said. The fight reportedly was broken up by others.

“(Officers spoke) with several witnesses, just trying to get different points of view, perspective, of what occurred,” Hadfield said. “With that, they were also able to access the in-building security video. With that video, and based off the statements, they believed that Ariel had committed the felonious assault on the victim.”

Gaskin’s next court date was a probable cause conference on Tuesday, March 6, at the 44th District Court before Judge James Wittenberg. The Woodward Talk went to press before the hearing. An attorney for Gaskin was not listed with the court. 

The manager of the bowling alley, Mary Mason, said things got a little out of hand, so they called for Berkley police to step in, and police were able to handle it.

“It’s not a common occurrence whatsoever,” she said.