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Up to 30 officers needed to break up wild Somerville house party

Posted by Brock Parker  October 28, 2013 11:59 AM

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About 25 to 30 police officers responded to a wild house party in Somerville early Sunday in which two police officers were injured while breaking up a fight.

Three people were arrested, including Jamie Martis, 20, of Somerville, who was charged with assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest after she allegedly punched a police officer in the face while he tried to break up a fight in a home at 6 Myrtle St. in East Somerville.

Police said Martis kicked two police officers, and even after she had been sprayed with pepper spray she continued trying to kick police before she was taken into custody.

Dale Harding, 26, who is a resident of the home, and Joshua Foote, 22, of Somerville, were also arrested on charges of disorderly conduct.

Somerville Police first responded to 6 Myrtle St. just after midnight Sunday for a report of a loud party and when they arrived they spoke with Harding and instructed him turn the music down and move about 30 people in the back yard inside. Some of the party-goers swore at police, but eventually went inside and police left the area, according to a police report.

But police were again dispatched to the house shortly before 1 a.m. for a report of a fight outside. When police responded the people fighting dispersed but a loud crowd of 20 to 25 people remained outside. As police approached the crowd a shoving match broke out between people at the party and police said that everyone had to leave.

Another fight soon broke out inside the house and officers went into the basement to break it up. It was then that Martis allegedly punched one of the officers in the face when he grabbed a person who had been in the fight.

Police said Foote was arrested after he tried to block police from leaving the party with Martis. Harding was arrested after police said he ignored their request to send everyone home and was instead instructing his guests to go back inside his house.

Because of the number of people at the party and because volatility of the situation, police said up to 30 officers from several agencies responded to the house to break up the bash.

Two officers were treated and released at a hospital for minor injuries suffered while attempting to subdue Martis, police said Monday.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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