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Police break up Fox Chapel party that drew hundreds, make no arrests

| Monday, July 8, 2013, 1:06 p.m.
Jan Pakler | For the Herald
Several police departments were called to break up an affair that numbered hundreds at a home on Hickory Hill Road in Fox Chapel.

More than 700 people flocked to a party at a Fox Chapel home during the weekend before police arrived to break up the crowd.

Police estimated the partygoers were 18-24 years old, though they did not arrest anyone for underage drinking or cite the resident for requesting a cover charge to attend.

Luke D'Orazio, 31, who lives in the $897,900 house on Hickory Hill Road, apparently sought to make some quick money by charging friends $30 each to enter the party on July 5 before neighbors called police to report cars clogging nearby Field Club Road, Fox Chapel police Chief David Laux said.

Laux said police do not expect to charge D'Orazio, who could not be reached for comment.

“I do question his 31 years,” said Laux. If all of the revelers had paid the cover charge, D'Orazio would have collected about $21,000.

D'Orazio's father owns the property and was out of town, Laux said.

More than a half-dozen police departments arrived to break up the bash. Officers who responded about 11 p.m. found hundreds of people in the five-bedroom, Colonial-style home on 2 acres. Allegheny County real estate records list the owner as Imperial Landing II LLP.

Laux said his priority was to clear the crowd, which was twice as big as the graduating class of Fox Chapel Area High School.

“My main goal was to maintain the safety of the community,” he said. “We wanted to get them out of there and made sure they had rides home.”

A cleaning service arrived at the home on Monday, where empty bottles of alcohol were visible on the porch.

“I've never seen anything like that on this street or any place. Biggest party I've ever seen in my life,” neighbor Jana Miller told WPXI-TV. “Huge swarms of people, like walking into a Steelers game or a concert — just masses of people walking up and down the street.”

It wasn't the size of the party or even noise complaints that drew police, Laux said. Guests ran out of space to park and blocked Field Club Road, angering neighbors.

“When we got there, we just shut down the road and made sure no one else showed up,” Laux said.

Some lawns were damaged by tire tracks, though Laux couldn't provide a damage estimate.

Police said they got some flak from partygoers who wanted a refund, but the bust-up was peaceful. It took more than three hours to send people away.

“The kids were reasonable,” Laux said. “We asked them to leave, and they did.”

Tawnya Panizzi is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, or tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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