4 Arrested, Cop Hit In Brawl Involving More Than 100 At Dominican College

No one seriously injured, police from Orangetown, Clarkstown, Sheriff's Department and State Police called in to break up large fight.

A fight involving two young women at Dominican College Monday night escalated into a large brawl involving more than 100 students and a former student that required police officers from four different agencies to break up, according to .

An Orangetown police officer was attacked trying to break up the fight, but was not seriously injured. Police said three women and a man were arrested, with one woman ordered held in the Rockland County Correctional Center in New City this morning.

Orangetown Sgt. James Sullivan said the cause of the fight is uncertain, but it appears that the situation grew into a melee as friends of the two young women at the center of the incident stepped in to assist. Sullivan said police officers who arrived at the Dominican College campus off Western Highway at about 9:45 p.m. found more than 100 people fighting and could not get them to stop.

Orangetown police called in State Police, officers from the Rockland County Sheriff's Department and Clarkstown police to assist in stopping the fight, which took place adjacent to one of the student residence buildings on the campus. Sullivan said a town police officer trying to make an arrest was punched in the face numerous times by a student trying to free the student being arrested.

The police officer was treated by emergency medical personnel at the scene of the fight and did not require hospitalization. Police said none of the students were seriously injured in the fight.

Sullivan said the incident did not involved drugs or alcohol, and there was no reported damage to the college. In addition to the attack on the police officer, Sullivan noted that students were also kicking police cars as officers tried to break up the disturbance.

Orangetown Police Department, no drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident.

Dominican College said this afternoon that its has begun an internal investigation and is cooperating fully with law enforcement officials.

Arrested were:

- Stephanie Paniagua, 18, of Manhattan; she is charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration. She was arraigned in Orangetown Town Court this morning and ordered held in the county jail pending a hearing.

- Victor Cosme, 21, of Brooklyn; he is charged with obstruction of governmental administration, inciting to riot and disorderly conduct. He was released this morning pending a hearing in Town Court.

- Stephanie Dowe, 20, of the Bronx; she is charged with disorderly conduct. She was released pending a hearing in Town Court.

- Jamelah Andrews, 19, of Manhattan; she is charged with disorderly conduct, harassment, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest. She was released pending a hearing in Town Court.

1000 April 18, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Stop trying to insult DC college students John you sound immature Not everyone was involved so stop
John Doe April 19, 2012 at 06:49 AM
As a honor student at this campus I would like to make it clear that individuals who act in this manner are in the minority. People need to understand that they are not in high school anymore and that their actions will not get swept under the rug. 100 people were probably not fighting however I'm sure that those who were not were probably doing other reckless things like yelling and kicking cars and other things of that nature. If you are a female that does not give you a pass to hit anyone,especially a cop. As a man I would try not to hit a woman however I would if neccessary
MAMA April 20, 2012 at 12:25 AM
John, you are too well written to be in Dominican. Transfer now. Sadly, it is no longer a school the locals can proudly send their child to. Those who do are financially subsidizing the tuition of the more urban population on campus, who pay next to nothing. If that means a better life for those who see it as a wonderful opportunity to better their life, then God bless them and I wish them the best. However, that sadly, is not the majority of the subsidized students and our hard earned money, federal, state and personal, is paying for their tuition,room, board, police interaction and public defenders.
DC student April 20, 2012 at 04:04 AM
I'm a DC student and even I feel embarrassed about the situation. It's not John's fault, he just basically sees what majority of New York State sees. So many are angry that their tax dollars are going to a school that admits children who have nothing to do but fight. So if anyone talks anything about a DC student or the college, it's not their fault they think that way and we have to thank the individuals who caused this whole mess.
James P. Farley June 08, 2012 at 07:39 AM
The police responded to the college because they were called. They didn't initiate the contact with the students. Once they were present and separating the aggressors, the students involved in the altercation needed to be responsible enough to control themselves and cease their hostility. Ten, twelve, or even twenty cops have to worry about both their own safety and the safety of all the students once they are present. Remember, they wouldn't be there if no one called. And if several individuals continued to remain violent or agitated to the point that the police believed they needed to arrest them, then they should have exercised some restraint after the police arrived. it is my experience that once the police arrive, it is in the best interest of everyone to calm down, control themselves, and do not antagonize or obstruct the police. They only came because they were called. And they are a whole lot more likely to listen to your side of the story if you are cooperative and reasonable than if you are riled up and agitated and confrontational and creating a situation that makes them feel defensive and unsafe. I wasn't there. But think about what I wrote and apply it to the situation you witnessed or heard about. Trust me when I say I AM NOT A FAN OF ROCKLAND LAW ENFORCEMENT, but they rarely arrest people for nothing.


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