Hamden Police and residents are hoping the party's over for Quinnipiac University students after police made 17 arrests and broke up 14 "large house parties hosted by Quinnipiac University students," Friday night and early Saturday morning, according to police spokesman Capt. Ronald Smith.
"Residents had contacted police to report loud music, loud noise, large group gatherings, parking complaints and a large number of individuals walking in the middle of Whitney Avenue, impeding the traffic flow," Smith said in a release Monday. "Officers reported that the parties had an estimated attendance of between 60 and 500 individuals. During this time period, 17 people were charged."
On Friday night it took 10 Hamden Police Officers to disperse an estimated crowd of 500 college-aged individuals at 50 Todd St., Smith said.
"Police had to summon Quinnipiac University to provide shuttle buses to transport the students back to campus," he said.
Early Saturday morning, "numerous officers" responded to 20 Washington Ave. on the report of a large crowd causing a disturbance, Smith said.
"Upon arrival officers encountered approximately 250 to 300 students. Loud music was emanating from inside of the residence. In addition, the dozens of individuals, who were congregating outside, were loud and disturbing the peace," he said.
Seven Quinnipiac University students were cited for creating a public disturbanc: Andrew Mirman, 20, Joseph Lamb, 20, Kevin Lavelle, 20, Andrew Stimpson, 20, Gregory Angelilli, 20, Matthew DeVore, 20 and Christopher Meegan, 21. Quinnipiac University also provided shuttle buses to transport the students back to campus, Smith said.
A short time later, officers responded to the report of a loud party at 64 Darley Drive and found about 100 people there, Smith said. The tenants, Michael Matson, 19, and Damingo Perez, 21, were charged with creating a public disturbance.
"Moments later, Hamden Police responded to 166 Rocky Top Road on the report of a loud party. Upon arrival, officers heard loud music originating from the residence," Smith said. There were about 200 people were inside of the residence, he said.
The four tenants who were allegedly responsible for the large gathering were each charged with creating a public disturbance: Elizabeth Yacus, 21, Samantha Rodriguez, 21, Briana Marotta, 21 and Alexandra Macaluso, 21.
"Hamden Police have responded to the above-mentioned addresses, in some instances, several times, during this school year for similar type noise complaints, Smith said.