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Cops: 2 stabbed in melee at Riverhead house party

Two men were stabbed Saturday night in Riverhead during a fight that broke out at a house party with hundreds of guests, town police said Sunday.

Police responding to a report of loud music at 1 Oakland Dr. South shortly before 11 p.m. found more than 500 people at the home and hundreds of cars parked along the road.

Officers asked the homeowners to lower the music, which the owners did, saying the party was nearly over, police said Sunday.

Soon after, an argument broke out among some of the guests and escalated into a fight, police said.

Police said two people were stabbed during the melee -- Rashawn Lamb, 28, of Flanders, and Tashawn Brown, 22, of Riverhead. Both left the party and went to Peconic Bay Medical Center on their own, police said.

Lamb was later transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital to be treated for several stab wounds to his back, while Brown was treated at Peconic Bay for stab wounds to his hand.

Police said neither Lamb nor Brown said they knew who assaulted them.

Riverhead police officers said they dispersed the remaining crowd with help from the New York State Police, Southold Town police and Suffolk County police, which brought a helicopter from its aviation unit, as well as personnel from its emergency services unit.

A woman at the house in Riverhead Sunday, who was outside talking with a group of men, said she would not comment. A bunch of balloons, half-inflated, were still attached to the mailbox, a dozen garbage bags were at the curb and a tent set up in the back was visible from the street.

One neighbor, who declined to be named, said: "It's not unusual. We get parties like that all the time" at the house.

Riverhead police said anyone with information about the stabbings should call 631-727-4500.

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