Hampton wedding reception ends with brawl
A recent wedding at Hampton Community Center climaxed in bloody brawl.
“The bride was most disturbed, as were her parents,” said Chris Lochner, manager of Hampton Township.
“It turned into a very unfortunate event,” Lochner said about the nuptials. He declined to identify the newlyweds.
Lochner reported the Sept. 7 incident, however, at the Sept. 11 meeting of Hampton Council.
“We're going to have to add security cameras,” Lochner told council members. “We have well over several thousands of dollars in damages. “
Lochner also wants to mandate the presence of a Hampton police officer at future nuptials in Hampton Community Center.
Pending the filing of charges, Hampton police declined to identify who triggered the mayhem that erupted about 11 p.m. Sept. 7 at the community center. An on-site wedding ceremony preceded the brawl.
One male attendee's interest in a woman, who was attending the event with another male, apparently sparked a confrontation, according to people at the party, who spoke to Hampton Patrolman David Mitchell.
After exchanging words at the bar, one of the men reportedly smashed and lacerated the other man's forehead with a pitcher of beer.
Hampton police officers then were dispatched to “a riot in progress,” according to Mitchell's incident report. When Mitchell arrived on the scene, he saw two parents running their children outside and all of the children were crying.
“Upon entering the building, I immediately observed people screaming, crying and fighting in the lobby area,” Mitchell wrote in the report. “I observed two white males physically fighting. ... Hard hands force was required to restrain both parties.”
Mitchell also noticed that one of the men had a lacerated forehead.
“The laceration would explain some of the blood all over people in that area as I arrived,” Mitchell wrote in his report.
A majority of those attending the party “were very intoxicated,” Mitchell explained.
Cleaning personnel later told Mitchell that “people were jumping off of tables and hitting others with chairs, hands and feet,” according to his report.
“Many committed acts warranting arrest,” Mitchell wrote. “However, we did not have enough officers to calm the situation, protect the property, and simultaneously execute those arrests.”
One of the two men who triggered the brawl, according to the report, later complained of chest pain. After an evaluation at UPMC Passavant, a physician discharged the man from the McCandless hospital.
“He was then transported to the Hampton Township Police Department for processing,” according to Mitchell's report.
Lochner said that neither of the two men who started the riot are Hampton residents.
Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or email@example.com.
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