Suffolk police: Large gathering of hundreds of kids broken up at Farmingville home
Despite coronavirus restrictions, Suffolk County police says officers broke up a party with hundreds of people in attendance in Farmingville on Saturday night.
They say between 200 and 300 people attended the gathering at the home on Somers Court, which got out of control with hundreds of kids spilling out onto neighboring streets.
Police say they started receiving 911 calls about the large gathering around 8:40 p.m.
Neighbors say many of the young people seemed intoxicated and were starting fights. Police say it took several hours to break up the party and now they worry about the possibility of it becoming a super-spreader event.
"All you need is one individual at an event like this that has COVID that could start a chain," says Suffolk Police Chief Stuart Cameron.
Police say a 62-year-old man who lives on a nearby street was hit in the face while trying to disperse the crowd. He was taken to the hospital. Neighbors describe it as a chaotic scene.
"I can tell you, not one of them had a mask, none of them were dressed in, you know warm clothing, everybody was, I guess out, for a Halloween party," neighbor Allison Arroyo recalls. "There was the commotion, I heard. It just sounded like almost like stadium, like you were outside the stadium, you just kind of hear that kind of loud, kind of worrying and cheering. There was a lot, there was a fight or something going on here. So, kind of a cluster of kids all kind of swinging at each other."
Some neighbors who didn't want to go on camera say the party started small but was fueled by social media posts.
Police charged homeowner Kim Catalanotto, 47, with criminal nuisance, and a violation of the Suffolk County Social Host Law. Officials say state COVID-19 civil penalties of up to $15,000 are being considered.