(WKTV) - Seven men were arrested early Sunday after a nightclub dispute led to officers getting threatened and punched, Utica Police say.
Ivan Rodriguez, 37, of Hammond Avenue and Daquan Wilson, 26, of Elizabeth Street, were charged with a misdemeanor of resisting arrest and a violation charge of disorderly conduct. Jorge Ramos, 40, of Augar Place and Alexander Rivera, 22, of Taylor Avenue, are charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and a violation charge of harassment. Nelson Reyes, 23, of Blandina Street, is charged with a misdemeanor of obstructing governmental administration. Nelson Colon-Matos, 21, of Jay Street, is charged with a misdemeanor of resisting arrest and violations of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Brandon Negron, 19, of Augar Place, is charged with a disorderly conduct violation.
According to police, around 1:15 a.m. Sunday morning, officers were flagged down by security at Deja Vu bar. The person told officers a man was denied entry to the bar and was making threatening statements to employees, including threatening to shoot them and their family members.
Officers spoke with Rodriguez, who was the man allegedly making the threats. He seemed calm and began to walk away. He then allegedly approached security personnel, threw down his phone and approached them in a threatening manner. When officers attempted to arrest Rodriguez, he allegedly resisted and several of his friends surrounded the officers and are accused of threatening and punching them. The group eventually grew to around 100 people, many of whom were threatening toward the officers, police say.
Later Sunday, the front door to the police station was kicked and shattered by someone police believe to be a supporter of one of the arrested men. That case is still under investigation.