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Suffolk University women's basketball player arrested for alleged assault at party

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  February 25, 2013 03:41 PM

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A Suffolk University women’s basketball player was arrested after allegedly shutting an apartment door on the shoulder of a Boston police officer who was trying to quiet down a party early Sunday morning.

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Dominique Demar
Dominique Demar, 21, of Colchester, Conn., is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon – a door – and resisting arrest, according to Suffolk County District Attorney office spokeswoman Renee Nadeau Algarin. Demar is scheduled to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on Tuesday.

Boston police said that about 12:30 a.m. Sunday they received several complaints about a loud party at 28 Fleet St. in the North End.

Officers went to the noisy apartment and knocked on the door, police said.

After about 20 minutes, officers said the door opened. A woman later identified as Demar yelled an obscenity at the officers and then slammed the door shut on an officer’s shoulder, police said.

She then tried to escape from the apartment, saying, “I’m out of here. I’m a proud American,” according to police.

After a brief struggle, officers arrested Demar, police said. She allegedly told officers that she wanted them to know that her mother is an attorney.

About 25 people, some of whom were hiding, were found inside the apartment, police said. The party-goers told police that Demar had told them to turn off the lights and not to open the door for the officers and that she also physically blocked the door so no one could leave.

Demar is a junior at Suffolk majoring in political science, campus officials said.

She also plays forward off the bench for the Rams, an NCAA Division III team, according to the university's website.

On Saturday afternoon, the team missed out on an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament when they lost 68-45 to Emmanuel College in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship game.

Demar played 10 minutes in that game; she did not score but collected five rebounds and a steal. For the season, Demar has played in all but three of the Rams’ 28 games, averaging about 15 minutes, 4 points and 5 rebounds per game.

Greg Gatlin, a spokesman for Suffolk, said Demar could face sanctions from the university.

“The university’s code of conduct does hold students accountable for off-campus behavior,” he said.

She will face an administrative hearing as part of the school’s student judicial process, he said.

The address where Demar was arrested is about a mile from Suffolk's campus, city records show. The private residential property is not owned by the university.

Gatlin said Monday he could not immediately comment on whether other students may have been at the party.

A call to a Colchester, Conn. phone number listed for Demar and her family went unanswered Monday. An automated message said the number’s voicemail was full.

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at mjrochele@gmail.com. Looking for more coverage of area colleges and universities? Go to our Your Campus pages.

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