Police Disperse Crowd After Fight at Holiday Inn

Reports of a 100-person melee are overblown, according to Paul Upton of the Somerville Police Department.

Somerville Police dispersed a crowd of partygoers Thursday night after a fight at the Holiday Inn in East Somerville, according to Deputy Chief Paul Upton of the Somerville Police Department.

Upton said about 10 to 12 women got into a fight at a lounge in the hotel, and after police broke up the fight "we decided to disperse the crowd." The lounge was then shut down for the night.

Two women were arrested as a result of the fight, Upton said.

Upton said the incident was not a "massive" brawl involving 100 people, as some reports indicated. A Fox25 headline, for instance, said "More than 100 people involved in Somerville hotel melee."

"[It] was a large crowd but not a large fight," the deputy chief said of the incident.

"It wasn't like people were fighting everywhere," he said.

Upton said the crowd was slow to leave the lounge, and as a result Somerville police received "some additional support from a couple of Medford police units and state police units."

Fox25 reported that after the Holiday Inn incident, another fight broke out nearby at a Hess gas station in Charlestown—the Holiday Inn is right on the border of Charlestown. Shots were fired, according to the news station, and Somerville police did not know if the incidents were related.

glum December 28, 2012 at 03:50 PM
At about 1:15am I was woken up by a very large crowd at the hess gas station.. about 30+ people. There were cars everywhere, people trying to get in to the station to pump gas were not able to get in, it was so over-crowded. At first I wasn't sure if there was a fight or just a large group gathering after leaving a bar. Next thing, a fight breaks out then I heard one shot fired. A few people took off, but others continued to fight and 3 more shots were fired. When the police arrived (Boston, Somerville & State Police),. the rest of the people fighting took off. It did look like they may have arrested at least one person at the gas station. Before police arrived - it was complete chaos.. I do not understand why there wasn't more police presence in the area, after dispersing the crowd. There were innocent people trying to enter the gas station -unknowing of what was going on. Someone could have been shot & killed. Something needs to be done about the hotel/club... there have been other occasions where an event has let out, and there have been fights at the gas station, or very loud crowds gathering up and down Cambridge & Washington Street. This club needs to be treated like any other in Boston when there has been fights/guns involved - SHUT IT DOWN!
Frank December 28, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I bet $100 that it isn't a country western bar.
Brian McCarthy December 29, 2012 at 04:22 PM
The bar at the Holiday Inn should be limited to guests of the hotel. Make them show their room key when they go in.
Avon Barksdale December 30, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Honestly, this suggestion is so silly I have no idea what to say.
Brian McCarthy December 30, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Who goes to a hotel bar that isn't a guest at the hotel? Answer: Someone looking to cause trouble. Get your head head out of your ass.
Avon Barksdale December 31, 2012 at 01:50 AM
My head head is fine right where it is is. The owners of the hotel have opened a legal business that is licensed and overseen by the town. If they fail to maintain proper standards the town can shut it down. Your solution is to make it so that every hotel can only operate internal bars (and I'm assuming restaurants that serve alcohol) where guests are required to show ID? Way to interfere with business and free commerce, if your goal is to make it impossible for any hotel to operate any bar/restaurant this makes a lot of sense. Lots of hotels have restaurants and bars, people go there because they're close and convenient to their place of work or wherever they happen to be coming from/going to. Are you the local fruitcake who makes bombastic statements just to get a rise out of people? Every Patch has one. Please let me know so I can just choose to ignore in the future.
Brian McCarthy December 31, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Well there are no businesses in the area where people would just walk to the hotel for a drink. Also, the people arrested were not from Somerville. Your "idea" is shot.
Avon Barksdale December 31, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Ah yes, one incident should serve as the basis for city-wide policy. I see your point.
Brian McCarthy December 31, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Thise place has had a long history of these problems.
Jake Lessard January 04, 2013 at 03:53 PM
your idea still doesn't make any sense, there Brian. So you're saying that clearly hotels don't have issues except for outsiders that come in? When EVERYONE that stays in a hotel is an outsider? But the same isn't true for local bars? So are we going to start IDing people at bars and if they're not from the area, they gotta go? Cuz clearly they are only there to cause trouble? Way to paint everyone with the same brush... Also, there are several businesses on Inner Belt Road, so............. And there are locals who the hotel probably wants business from.... so.......... Was there a problem? Yes. Does it need to be addressed? Yes. Is your idea the way to do it? I don't think so. Come up with something else.
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