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Dewey Beach Leaders "Frustrated And Disappointed" After Officers Injured in Fight Outside Northbeach

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The fight broke out just before 1:30 a.m. on Sunday morning in the parking lot of Northbeach (Source: WBOC) The fight broke out just before 1:30 a.m. on Sunday morning in the parking lot of Northbeach (Source: WBOC)

DEWEY BEACH, Del. - Dewey Beach Mayor Diane Hanson said that she was "concerned, frustrated and disappointed," after a fight broke out in the parking lot of Northbeach early Sunday morning. Four officers were injured in the fight, in which a crowd of more than 50 people gathered, with some trying to "incite a riot." 

Hanson said the most recent event raises questions about the bar itself. 

"North Beach is problematic for some reason," she said. "It is the only establishment where we have any serious problems. But at this point it is endangering the public and our police." 

Hanson said that town leaders, including the town manager and the police chief, were scheduled to meet Monday afternoon to discuss the event, and to discuss possible solutions. This meeting was not expected to be open to the public. 

According to Dewey Beach police, the fight all began in the parking lot for the Ivy Restaurant, next door to Northbeach, when a police officer saw 10 to 15 people fighting. The officer tried to intervene in the fight, and called for backup, as the crowd moved toward Northbeach's parking lot. It was there that police said the crowd grew to in between 50 and 60 people, and eventually started to target officers. 

"Numerous individuals began to incite a riot," said the Dewey Beach police in a statement. "Directing people in the crowd to fight the police."

Dewey Beach police said that multiple officers were thrown to the ground, kicked and punched, before the situation calmed down after approximately ten minutes. In the end, five people were arrested.

Garret Fualkner, who goes to the bar often, said that he's seen fights many times before at the bar. 

"One guy flirts with one guy’s girl," he said. "One guy bumps into a guy the wrong way, or steps on his Pumas and scuffs out. And the altercation breaks out. That’s how it usually initiates. Usually over dumb, immature. But that’s what happens when you mix alcohol and young people - bad decisions.” 

Past Incidents

On June 1, there was another incident outside of Northbeach, when police reported hearing gunshots outside of the bar just after 1:30 a.m. Nobody was arrested in that incident, but police said they found a "large disorderly crowd," fighting outside of the bar. 

In 2014, the Dewey Beach Police told town commissioners they felt "overwhelmed" on Tuesday nights due to the bar's "dollar drink night" specials, which tended to create rowdier crowds.

WBOC reached out to Northbeach, Ivy, and Highway One, the restaurant's parent company for a statement, but did not receive a response. 

The arrests are as follows:

Christopher Harris (23 of Lincoln, Del.)

Riot: Class F felony

Resisting arrest with violence: Class G felony

Assault second-degree:  Class D felony

Disorderly Conduct:  Unclassified misdemeanor

Committed in Lieu of $6,500 bond  

Justin Johnson (20 of Milford, Del.)

Resisting arrest with violence: Class G felony

Disorderly conduct:  Unclassified misdemeanor

Underage possession/consumption of alcohol:  Unclassified misdemeanor

Committed in lieu of $1,000 bond  

Raven Bacon (21 of Ellendale, Del.)

Resisting arrest with violence: Class G felony

Disorderly conduct:  Unclassified misdemeanor

Committed in lieu of $500 bond  

Gabrielle Knight (18 of Milford, Del.)

Resisting arrest with violence: Class G felony

Disorderly conduct:  Unclassified misdemeanor

Committed in lieu of $500 bond  

Latre Bonville (22 of Greenwood, Del.)

Disorderly conduct:  Unclassified misdemeanor

Resisting arrest:  Class A misdemeanor

Summonsed and released.  Case pending

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