Hundreds of people, some with bats and knives, fought inside the children’s birthday party area at Good Time Emporium on Easter Sunday, according to police.
When Officer James McNally arrived at the scene, he said he saw a crowd of 150 to 200 people fighting, with “tables and chairs being thrown in every direction.”
“I observed people climbing tables and jumping on other people. I observed several out of control altercations. [Police officers] were running around trying to break up each new altercation that erupted,” McNally wrote in his incident report.
Within the large group, several smaller fights broke out, police said. After officers would break up one fight, other altercations would start nearby, police said.
“Tables were being knocked over, chairs were being tossed and people were running across tables to get at one another,” wrote Officer James Slattery in his report. “One of the [Good Time Emporium] staff members pulled an aluminum baseball bat out of someone's hand who had climbed on top of a table.”
Officers from the State Police, Somerville Housing Authority and Tufts University were
also called to the “extremely chaotic and dangerous” scene, police said.
It is unclear how the brawl began. In his report, Slattery said he was dealing with an unruly group of teenagers when he saw dozens of people running towards the arcades. A crowd of 100 people had formed and began to push and shove each other, he said.
Three people were arrested in connection with the melee. Reade Armstrong, 18, of Roslindale, allegedly struggled with two police officers and a Good Time employee until he was hit with a burst of pepper spray and arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Kwmaine Davis, 17, of Dorchester, allegedly refused to leave the parking lot after the scuffle and fought with officers trying to arrest him. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
In the midst of the brawl, Regina Hunter, 17, of Randolph, allegedly threatened another female with a knife and fought violently with police trying to detain her. She was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, possession of a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct. Police allegedly found a six-inch black pocket knife on Hunter.
As officers were handcuffing Hunter, a crowd of 50 to 75 people formed around them and began to threaten and harass them, McNally said. “[We] had to resort to swinging our expandable batons around to keep the crowd from physically coming at us.”
After the fracas, Good Time Emporium was closed down and the building was evacuated, police said.