The man who Ty Sawyer's family members say fought with Sawyer the night of his death had previously been arrested by police, according to court record information provided to the Transcript.
Patrick M. Downey, a former hockey player at the University of Delaware and a graduate of Middletown High School, was arrested on April 11, 2015 for assault in the third degree, records show. He will be arraigned at Superior Court on June 5 for the April 11 incident.
Court records also cite Downey as being arrested eight other times, for unknown charges, the Transcript learned.
New Castle County Police declined to release the name of the man who fought Sawyer because the investigation is still ongoing, but family and friends of the deceased have said that Downey was the man who fought Sawyer.
Downey and Sawyer knew each other from school, according to Sadie Werner, one of the organizers of tomorrow’s rally in Middletown where friends and family will gather to remember the victim.
The fight in the early hours of April 26, took place at a residence in Misty Vale Farms north of Middletown during a party, Werner told the Transcript.
Lisa Sawyer, Ty's mother, said that Ty's friends told her they saw Downey kick her son in the face.
Friends applied CPR on Ty Sawyer before paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at Christiana Hospital in Newark.
A funeral for Ty Sawyer was held last Friday, but burial arrangements are currently pending.
His death is currently under investigation by New Castle County Police and the Delaware Department of Justice.
No one has been arrested in connection to his death. Authorities said that they are waiting for toxicology reports and his cause of death from the Delaware Division of Forensic Science.
The Transcript called Downey for comments, but the voicemail was full and no message could be left.