Five teenagers were arrested after causing a disturbance at the Falmouth Heights ball field during the Fourth of July fireworks display.
During the fireworks, an officer observed an altercation at the basketball courts at the Falmouth Heights ball field, where a group of young men were fighting over a bottle of liquor, Lt. Douglas M. DeCosta said.
“Officers went to the area and observed two males with shirts off, and one holding a bottle of alcohol,” Officer Chad A. Leighton wrote in his report.
The men were identified as Hector M. Flores, 18, of Wareham and as a 17-year-old from Wareham.
“While he was addressing the domestic disturbance, an unknown party struck him in the back,” Lt. Douglas M. DeCosta said.
This man was later identified as James Arne, 18, of Wareham.
“I gave him several commands to get back and he continued to advance,” Officer Leighton wrote. “When he continued to approach me, I gave him an open hand palm strike to the chest to create distance. He continued to approach me, and I gave him another open palm strike.”
Officer Leighton stated that Mr. Arne entered a fighting stance, with his hands clenched. He was arrested. Jorden Maclure, 18, of Highview Drive, East Falmouth, was also arrested during the altercation.
“Maclure continued to resist and continually yelled “[Expletive] 12” while officers attempted to handcuff him,” Officer Leighton wrote.
As heard in songs by Migos and Gucci Mane, 12 is slang for police.
“Once handcuffed, Maclure continued to yell ‘[expletive] 12’ over and over, causing alarm and annoyance to the many people attending the fireworks,” Officer Leighton wrote.
While Mr. Arne and Mr. Maclure were being arrested, Mr. Flores and the minor fled in opposite directions, Officer Leighton wrote. Mr. Flores eventually returned and was arrested.
All three are charged with disorderly conduct. Mr. Arne and Mr. Maclure were also arrested for assault and resisting arrest, while Mr. Flores was arrested for possession of liquor by a person under 21.
“While at the station completing paperwork for all of these arrests, I observed the male party that started this incident, [the minor], come into the lobby in an attempt to bail out the arrested parties,” Officer Leighton wrote. “I went out to talk to him, and he ran away towards the 7/11 across the street. As he ran away, he yelled ‘you can’t catch me, [racial slur]’.”
The minor was summoned to court for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and malicious destruction of property under $1,200.
A fifth teenager was arrested following the incident, Lt. DeCosta said. Police attempted to clear the crowd after the altercation, but a 15-year-old Falmouth resident refused to leave.
“He then approached the officers waving his hands, using profanity and racial slurs,” Lt. DeCosta said.
He was arrested for disorderly conduct.