Lake Thunderbird beating lands two behind bars

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NORMAN, Okla. - A violent and dramatic fight out at Lake Thunderbird over the weekend lands two people behind bars.

The scene unfolded at a crowded beach area with children looking on.

Witnesses described a frightening scene out at Zoom Beach.

They frantically called for help, afraid that the people who ended up getting arrested were going to kill the two victims.

“We thought he was going to die, honestly. Me and my friend were freaking out,” said Madeline Wallace.

Wallace was enjoying a day at LakeThunderbird with her friends.

They often go to Zoom Beach.

But, on Saturday, they saw something they’ve never witnessed before.

“There was blood going everywhere. And, I mean, normally, I wouldn’t stay and put myself in that situation. But, I just felt so bad. It was scary,” Wallace said.

Authorities said this all started when the suspects, Mathias Almanza and Taylor Reed, drove their jet skis into a no wake area, almost hitting several children and adults.

One of the victims confronted them.

“They started like holding the girl underwater, like 'Are you talking crap to my boyfriend?' And, she was just like 'No.' And, they were putting her underwater and would hit her and put her underwater,” Wallace said.

Her boyfriend tried to come to her rescue and ended up getting beaten, as well.

“They drug him out, and one had him like in a choke hold and was like beating his face. And, then, they would grab his face and dunk him under water,” Wallace said.

Other witnesses called for help.

“There is a bad fight. There’s a bunch of drunks out here. And, there is a bad a** fight. This dude is laid open, and they’re trying to drown him right now. Oh my God, you need to hurry,” said the 911 caller.

Witnesses said the suspects tried to leave before authorities showed up.

“He was trying to take off, and the park rangers were walking down to us, and my friend and I were like 'Orange shorts.' Like, 'Don’t let him leave,'” Wallace said.

Almanza and Reed were both arrested and are facing charges of assault and battery with intent to kill.

Both victims were transported to Norman Regional Hospital.

They are expected to be okay.

The suspects were arraigned in Cleveland County on Monday.

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