Brawl caught on cam­era

30 peo­ple at­tack UD stu­dents out­side party

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

Po­lice on Tues­day re­leased cell­phone video footage of a street brawl on North Chapel Street and are ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help iden­ti­fy­ing the ag­gres­sors.

The in­ci­dent be­gan when a group of ap­prox­i­mately 10 peo­ple were de­nied en­try to a house party in the unit block of North Chapel Street just af­ter 2:30 a.m. May 21, ac­cord­ing to Lt. Fred Nel­son, a spokesman for the Ne­wark Po­lice De­part­ment.

“The res­i­dents didn’t rec­og­nize them and didn’t let them in,” Nel­son said.

The would-be party crash­ers later re­turned with more peo­ple.

“When they came back, there were over 30 peo­ple,” Nel­son said.

The per­pe­tra­tors at­tacked in­vited party guests, all Univer­sity of Delaware stu­dents, who were out­side the house. The fight spilled onto the side­walk and into the street, but po­lice don’t be­lieve the at­tack­ers ever en­tered the home.

Video recorded by a by­stander shows some of the at­tack­ers punch­ing and kick­ing the vic­tims.

One vic­tim, a 21-year-old woman, was taken to the hos­pi­tal to be treated for a pos­si­ble con­cus­sion. Three oth­ers, a 19-year-old woman, a 20-year-old woman and a 21-yearold man, suf­fered scrapes and bumps.

Nel­son de­scribed the at­tack­ers only as black men and women who ap­peared to be late high school or early col­lege age. The ma­jor­ity of the at­tack­ers were women, he said.

While some of the party guests were part of the brawl, they are not be­ing con­sid­ered ag­gres­sors, Nel- son said.

“They were ba­si­cally de­fend­ing them­selves and fight­ing back,” he ex­plained.

The brief, but in­tense al­ter­ca­tion was over by the time po­lice ar­rived.

“I don’t think it was any longer than a minute or two,” Nel­son said. “It wasn’t a pro­longed thing.”

A nearby sur­veil­lance cam­era cap­tured footage of the as­sailants run­ning away, but the footage is not clear enough for po­lice to iden­tify the sus­pects.

The cell­phone video re­leased by po­lice was pro­vided by one of the vic­tims, who found the footage posted on the so­cial me­dia app Snapchat.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this in­ci­dent should con­tact Cpl. Daniel Burgess at 302-366-7100, ext. 3473 or Daniel. Burgess@cj.state.de.us

PHOTO COURTESY OF NPD

Po­lice are seek­ing the pub­lic’s help iden­ti­fy­ing sev­eral peo­ple who brawled on North Chapel Street on May 21. The black bar near the bot­tom of the frame was added by po­lice to cover up words added by the Snapchat user who up­loaded the footage.

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