Police react to dispute in northwest Ames

Ames police are increasing their presence in northwest Ames after police were dispatched to the area four times Friday.

Police were called at 3:30 p.m. Friday to 4737 Toronto St. on a report of a domestic disturbance. Police said two or three groups of men were fighting over a woman. No injuries or arrests were reported.

Some were armed with baseball bats and knives, according to witnesses.

Sgt. TJ Shelton said an officer will be stationed at the apartment complex and another will be stationed at Sawyer School, 4316 Ontario St., for the remainder of the day.

“This is our fourth call out here,” Shelton said. “We’ll saturate the area with a few more officers, and this way, if they can’t take care of it themselves, then obviously we need to.”

Niki Marker, witness of the dispute, said at least one man was swinging a bat. Marker estimated there were 16 people involved in the dispute.

The building is owned by West Street Coop Inc., according to the Story County Assessor’s website.