Around 2:30 a.m. on Memorial Day, a fight broke out between neighbors on Plum Island: It was two dog-walkers versus a group of six, and Newbury police (and perhaps the brawlers themselves) aren’t entirely sure what happened.
According to The Boston Globe, the fight that has consumed the beach community and local police for the past two months has led to all eight of those involved to be charged with assault and battery. Both parties maintain that they did not start it.
Dog-Walkers: Kerry Rivers, of 5 Donna’s Way, and her friend, Meghan Sullivan, say they were walking Rivers’s dogs when the pair of pooches took off, The Globe reports. While the women searched for the dogs, the pair maintain that they were “brutally assaulted for unknown reasons by a large group of partiers next door.” The incident left Rivers, a bar manager at the nearby Plum Island Grille, with two broken ankles.
Group of Six: Savoeuta Phan, Gina Douangnaraj, Kosal Sek, Andy Kry, Kom San Say, and Irene Cocco, of 7 Donna’s Way, describe the dog-walkers as intoxicated and volatile, shouting racist remarks at the group of Asian-Americans that insinuated they ate the two missing dogs, Stanley and Shmoo.
The event has led to not only a lot of “he said, she said,” but also to irritated community members, who donated $150-a-head at a fundraiser for Rivers and Sullivan, who now face charges of their own.
Though the dogs returned home safely, the community is still reeling from the event, wondering who’s to blame.
Read the full Globe story here.