Cops: 2 arrested following 25-person fight in Greenport

03/03/2014 7:09 AM |

A pair of men were arrested on disorderly conduct charges early Sunday morning after police said they were involved in a 25-person fight that broke out on Front Street in Greenport.

According to police, about 2:45 a.m. on Sunday, a patrol officer noticed a large fight taking place in the middle of the street, between Main Street and First Street. The officer called for backup, attempting to break up the fight in the meantime, however the group did not listen to the officer’s commands, continuing “to engage in tumultuous behavior,” according to police.

Police said 23-year-old Antoine Hunter, of Greenport, slapped away an officer’s hand and threatened to fight him during the scuffle. Meanwhile Bellport resident Gerald Crenshaw, 31, continued to engage people in the fight, according to police.

Mr. Hunter’s mother said following the incident that her son was “actually trying to control the situation,” and was arrested for not keeping quiet at the scene.

“I don’t want my son to be looked at as a trouble maker when all he was trying to do was control the situation at hand,” she said via email.

No injuries were reported in the fight, according to Police Chief Martin Flatley. As to what caused the fight in the first place, he was unsure. And the other 23 individuals involved “dispersed on their own once officers arrived and gained control of the scene.”

Both individuals were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, a violation. They were released on bail and given a later court date.