Brawl caught on camera
30 people attack UD students outside party
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
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.