Tuesday evening ended with multiple arrests for disorderly conduct around Middletown.
Around 4 p.m. Middletown Police Officers responded to reports of a fight involving juveniles on Spring Street near Macdonough Elementary School. Officers arrived a short time after and observed around 35-40 “school-age kids” walking away - but no fighting.
A few hours later at 6:47 p.m. Officer Daniel Spedding observed two male youths in a group of about 25 arguing and getting ready to fight.
When he went to break up the pair, Officer Spedding reports he was surrounded by “20-25 screaming juveniles.” Spedding radioed for back-up and told the youths to leave the area. Some did and those who remained kept yelling “f*** the police. F*** the police.”
Officer Spedding reports that one Tysnick Darrell Hoggard, 22, of 10 Glover Place, refused to leave the area and “had his arms folded and looked at [him] with a menacing stare as if [he] wasn’t there.” Following Hoggard’s lead, other youths began cursing, yelling and screaming.
Hoggard was taken into custody and charged with interfering with police. He was later bailed out of lock up a short time later on a $5,000 bond. He is due to appear in court on July 7.
Police also arrested Sherry T. McDaniel, 43, of 100 Thomas Street, and Andrelees Maria Mantilla-Solano, 17, of 17 Rapallo Ave., for interfering with police and disorderly conduct. Police report say both refused to leave the scene and repeated “f*** the police.” Solano posted the $5,000 bond and is due to appear in court on July 7.
Police officials told The Middletown Press these disruptions were unlikely to be gang related. “It more has to do with the warm weather,” said Lt. Heather Desmond, a spokesperson for the police department, to the paper. “More kids are outside, playing sports or doing whatever.”