UTICA, N.Y. – Five people were arrested after multiple police departments were called to Lenox Avenue in Utica to break up a brawl in the street early Thursday morning.
Utica police responded to a call about a large house party around 1:15 a.m. When the first officer arrived to the location, he says there were 70 to 80 people in the road fighting. Several people started to approach the officer and make threats, so he used pepper spray to try and control the crowd, to no avail.
Other officers were called to the scene, but multiple people in the group continued to fight amongst themselves, some armed with baseball bats.
This led the officers to call for back-up from other departments to help disperse the crowd.
The officers were eventually able to get the situation under control, and ultimately arrested the following five people:
- Gloria Grant, 24, of Utica
- Crystal Hinson, 33, of Utica
- Manya Shelton, 26, of Utica
- Nyala Wilson, 27, of Utica
- Nakia Wilson, 25, of Utica
All suspects face charges including harassment toward an officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Additional charges are also being considered pending further investigation.