After fights at Uniondale house party, 7 arrested

Nassau Police arrested seven people after a house party apparently went awry in Uniondale Sunday.

First Precinct officers were called to 892 Smith St. around 1:55 p.m. on Sunday after receiving complaints about a loud house party, police said.

As officers tried to disperse the crowd of some 250 to 300 guests, a fight ensued between Steven Phillips, 25, of Uniondale, and Dashiem Cherry, 23, of Rockville Centre, according to police.


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When officers tried to break up the fight, both men "called out to partygoers to intervene," police said. But they were eventually detained and taken into custody, according to a police report.

Phillips and Cherry were charged with inciting to riot, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, police said.

Another fight broke out at the front of the house around the same time, and officers from the Third, Fourth and Seventh precincts were called in to respond, along with the Canine Unit, Bureau of Special Operations and Emergency Service Unit.

Four others were eventually arrested, including Jahmilia Cruz, 23, of Wheatley Heights, who was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, and Annika Allen, 23, of Uniondale, who was charged with resisting arrest and second-degree obstructing governmental administration.

Brooklyn residents Karl Pierre, 22, and Michael Bernard, 22, were also arrested. Pierre was charged with resisting arrest and two counts of disorderly conduct, and Bernard was charged with disorderly conduct.

Gabrielle Batson, 21, who police said lives at the house and charged an entry fee for the party, was also arrested and charged with second-degree criminal nuisance and disorderly conduct. A call to Batson's house went unanswered Sunday afternoon.

The seven will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Monday.

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