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Akron police looking for partygoers who went wild

Beacon Journal staff report

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Police were struck with beer bottles and cans tossed from a group of weekend partygoers on a street near the University of Akron, authorities said Tuesday.

Officers responded to the rowdy crowd by donning riot gear and using tear gas to disperse the throng, which grew to nearly 1,000 late Saturday night and early Sunday.

No arrests were announced and no one was injured, police said. About 50 officers from the city and UA police departments responded to the scene at its peak.

Police say they are using photos and videos found on social media sites to help them identify any suspects involved in damaging property or throwing objects at police.

Possible charges include inciting to riot, rioting and destruction of property. UA students suspected of a crime might face further discipline before the Student Judicial Affairs board.

Police say the party started Saturday evening in the 400 block of Sumner Street and drew a crowd of nearly 1,000 people by midnight. Several students on social media were talking about the party being held as “Sumner Fest,” an unofficial celebration to mark the start of fall classes at UA.

At one point during the melee, officers said, those in attendance “started kicking and throwing beer bottles and other items at a parked car on the street, before tipping the car over onto its roof.”

City and UA police were called to the scene and were struck with beer bottles and cans thrown by those in the crowd, police said. A commander on scene then gave the order to disperse to the party’s attendees.

Officers in riot gear were called in and they used teargas to disperse the crowd.

Police say they will have officers out in full force over the next several weekends to combat any misconduct or large parties.

The flipped car belonged to a female UA student who lives on Sumner Street but did not host the party. According to the woman’s Twitter account, her friends have organized a fundraiser to help replace the sedan, which was totaled during the riot and not covered by insurance.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490. Anonymous tips for this or any crime may be left at http://ci.akron.oh.us/ASP/tip.html.


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