By Stacie Caruso –
Early Saturday morning around 12:33 a.m., Worcester Police responded to a report of hundreds of people fighting at the Beer Garden at 68 Franklin St. Some officers say that as they arrived the crowd was unruly, violent and even riotous.
Management from the Beer Garden says that inside the venue was at a max capacity and outside there were more people waiting to get in.
In the Pavilion area, management says that two females had gotten into a fight and shortly after the director of operations for the Beer Garden made the decision to shut the venue down.
Officers already at the Beer Garden working an off-duty assignment radioed out requesting immediate assistance from all officers city-wide as the crowd became out of control.
Someone who called police said that people were scaling the fence and forcing their way into the Beer Garden.
Officers responding to the Beer Garden say that as they arrived other officers were surrounded by hundreds of people and being assaulted. A female officer even had a large chunk of her hair pulled out.
Six people were arrested and released on bail to appear in court on Tuesday morning.
Octavia T. Miller, 24, of 273 Lovell St. was arrested and charged with assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Miller was observed by PO Kubiak, screaming at officers trying to secure a person being arrested. Miller was repeatedly told by officers to leave the area however she refused and allegedly began screaming “Fuck you” at officers as she clenched her fists. Miller allegedly approached PO Kubiak screaming “Fuck you” and raised her fist at PO Kubiak almost hitting PO Kubiak in the face. After being taken to the ground, Miller was eventually was handcuffed and taken into custody.
Robert Justin Gould, 33, of 95 Merrifield St. was arrested and charged with A&B, A&B on police officer and resisting arrest. While responding to the Beer Garden, PO Ortiz allegedly observed Gould fighting with another male. Gould also allegedly pulled out a chunk of PO McGuirk’s hair and violently kicked PO Twumasi. Eventually Gould was placed in handcuffs and taken into custody.
Monique Marie Agbanyo, 21, of 86 Charles St. Leicester was arrested and charged with A&B on Police officer, A&B with dangerous weapon, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. While officers were attempting to secure the area and as officers were arresting some individuals, Agbanyo allegedly punched one officer in the face. After being handcuffed and taken into custody, Agbanyo allegedly began kicking at an officer and striking that officer in the face.
Natalie B. Price, 26, of 12 Alpine St. Apt. 3 was arrested and charged with A&B on Police officer, A&B with dangerous weapon, assault with dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, interfere with police officer and A&B attempt to disarm police officer. As two police batons were knocked to the ground, Price was allegedly observed taking one of the batons and handing it off to someone in the crowd. Price also allegedly ignored verbal commands given by officers and was fighting with officers while they were attempting to place her in handcuffs. After being taken to the ground, Price allegedly bit a police officer, breaking skin and causing that officer to bleed.
Christopher Ayala-Melendez, 22, of 60 Franklin St. Apt. 204 was arrested and charged with A&B on police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. While some officers were attempting to secure arrestees, other officers were attempting to secure and move the crowd that had gathered and was acting aggressively toward officers. Ayala-Melendez was observed by PO Shawn Tivnan allegedly pushing past officers and yelling at arrestees. PO Tivnan who was dispatched with K9 Mattis and gave Ayala-Melendez a verbal command to leave the area but he refused. PO Tivnan then attempted to escort Ayala-Melendez from the “affray” but Ayala-Melendez broke away from PO Tivnan and then allegedly pushed PO Tivnan. K9 Mattis then reacted to stop Ayala-Melendez, biting him in the back. PO Tivnan gave Ayala-Melendez verbal commands to get on the ground but refused. He was again given verbal commands to get on the ground but again he refused. Eventually Ayala-Melendez was taken to the ground with the assistance of other officers and taken into custody.
Evan D. Baptiste, 20, of 1 Nelson Place, Oxford was arrested and charged with attempt to commit a crime and affray. As PO Rosemary Conner arrived at the Beer Garden, she observed Baptiste “attempt to lunge at another officer while he struggled to place someone in handcuffs.” PO Conner “Grabbed onto Baptiste and placed him under arrest.”
On Tuesday in Worcester District Court before Judge David P. Despotopulos all six pleaded not guilty to all charges and were released ROR with the condition to remain drug and alcohol free. All six were also ordered to stay away from the Beer Garden at 68 Franklin St.