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Police subdue post-Super Bowl riot at UMass Amherst

DAVID MOLNAR/THE REPUBLICAN VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS

State Police made an arrest at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Sunday after crowds became riotous following the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss. Fourteen people were arrested.

Students involved in a disturbance on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus after the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss face possible school sanctions, as well as criminal charges, officials said yesterday.

UMass Amherst police said about 1,500 people gathered in the Southwest residential plaza of the campus when the game ended around 10 p.m. Police said officers told the growing crowd to disperse at 10:08 p.m. after “the crowd became unruly and a number of fights broke out.’’

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Officers in riot gear used smoke grenades to clear the crowd. Police arrrested 13 students and one nonstudent. They will face charges of failure to disperse, disorderly conduct, and, in some cases, rioting. They are to be arraigned today in Eastern Hampshire District Court.

“Our office intends to vigorously prosecute all individuals who were part of the riots on the University of Massachusetts campus,’’ Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said in a statement. “This behavior diminishes the image of the university and created a public safety hazard for the community.’’

In a statement, officials at the state’s flagship campus said the students will also face school discipline.

“Dean Enku Gelaye will review the cases under the code of student conduct, with students facing potential sanctions that can range up to suspension or expulsion,’’ the statement said.

University spokesman Daniel Fitzgibbons said there were no reports of injuries or damage.

The UMass disturbance was not the only incident linked to post-Super Bowl behavior.

Brookline police arrested three men over an alleged fight about the Super Bowl early yesterday in Washington Square.

Police said the melee started when the men allegedly accosted a group of four people talking about the Giants near the corner of Beacon and Washington streets just after 12 a.m.

Police saw one man, later identified as Sean Chase, 21, of Andover, wrestling with and pushing people onto the MBTA Green Line tracks, said a police report. As police approached, several men involved in the fight fled in different directions.

Officer Noah Brother pursued Chase on foot, caught him, and put him in handcuffs, police said. Additional officers corralled two other men, Daniel Powers, 22, of Medford and Abraham Hunter, 23, of Scranton, Pa. A fourth man got away, according to police.

The four victims of the assault told police they were walking on Beacon Street talking about the Giants when Chase began “talking trash’’ and accosting them about the Super Bowl, according to police reports. They said Chase and the group he was with then charged them and began to attack, according to police.

Chase was charged with assault and battery, and he, Powers, and Hunter were charged with disorderly conduct.

In Boston, a 19-year-old Andover man allegedly punctuated the end of a Super Bowl party at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton by beating two other men with a pistol, authorities said yesterday.

Kevin S. Macartney pleaded not guilty in Boston Municipal Court to two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Bail was set at $5,000 cash, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office. A pistol was not found, however.

Colin A. Young can be reached at colin.young@globe.com. Brock Parker can be reached at brock.globe@gmail.com.
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