Baby shower turns into brawl in Stoughton
STOUGHTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- A fight that started between two men at a bar turned into a brawl involving some 200 people at a Stoughton social club. All of them, children included, were there for a baby shower.
The crowd was so uncontrollable Stoughton police had to call in three additional local police departments, the state police and the sheriff’s department.
Paulo Depina, Aderito Deandrade and Patrick Lopes are under arrest, along with a teenager. All of them are charged with assault and battery on a police officer.
Stoughton police said chaos erupted when an officer in the reception hall tried to break up the fight at the bar. But it only escalated. The crowd joined in and the officer called for backup.
“They’re here for the protection of the guests and they turn the tables on the officer and the other officers that came down cause of what was going on. It’s sad,” said Joao Vasconcelos, member of Club Luis de Camoes.
According to police, guests surrounded four or five officers throwing bottles at them and even chairs. That's when the department says officers pulled out tasers. At least one partygoer was tased.
The club caters to the Portuguese community. Club members say they had rented out the room for the private party, but they never expected to see a baby shower get so ugly.
“It’s never our intention to have anything like this happen but things do happen,” said Vasconcelos.
Police said there were a lot of children at the party, which was their biggest concern. Some of the police and partygoers were injured, but none were serious.
The suspects are expected to appear in court on Monday.