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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.

Kay Liz April 18, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I'm glad I left Rockland after high school, worked for my degrees and never went back. I say that based on this unfortunate event and the many ignorant statements above. Maybe we're not the town/county of friendly people after all?
NyackbornNraised April 18, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Thats funny my family's household income is over 200,000 a year but rockland is so expensive due to taxes (paying out for others like the students here to attend schools that my family cannot afford to send me to), living expenses, etc. that the only school my family could afford is a SUNY school, I could never afford to go to this private school even if I lived at home, yet it blows my mind that these inner city kids all some how can get a free ride on uncle sam's back ! Same thing happens at my SUNY school with the EOP program where inner city students get checks from the government for books that they cash at the bank and use for shopping sprees at the mall on video games and air jordans! Im sure "imfadedfadedfaded" is very similar to these students with a name like that probably sucking on uncle sam's teet as well!!! we need to stop giving handouts to those who are undeserving like the EOP program students at my school who all had grades far below the bar taking spots from well deserving "middle class" applicants!!!
0913257 April 18, 2012 at 03:33 AM
You mad bro?
0913257 April 18, 2012 at 03:39 AM
And just so you guys know... Alot of people who go to Dominican study there ass off to get somewhere in life, its the people who get into fights and get the cops involved that will be mooching off of welfare for the rest of there lives. So stop bringing the rest of us down, were so much better then them.
0913257 April 18, 2012 at 03:41 AM
^ J... You couldnt have said it better
0913257 April 18, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Actually I wemt through the nursing program and continued my education at stony brook to become a pharmaceutical engineer... my thesis was on rapid wound healing and you, my friend, are the one that should be in bed, your under- developed brain needs rest.
0913257 April 18, 2012 at 03:52 AM
So please, dont act like you know me
People bow in my presence April 18, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Egocentric is somebody walking around the world telling others they have a PHD when they really dont lmfao. You have a KIA stop playing youself
Scotty April 18, 2012 at 03:52 AM
I don't know who to feel worse for....the typing and use of language....or the pitiful students involved in fighting on campus. Sad. Youth is wasted on the young.
Jazz April 18, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Hey listen I have a lot of white friends and went to school with majority white people my whole life I honestly don't see color ... I don't have to prove my self to you I'm not ignorant because I'm aware of all the injustice things that happen to all ethic back grounds but in college they do teach us about the white privlage that "white teachers have taught me and plenty of students from all walks of life.. But no you in fact are the ignorant one because you come here with all your negativity and voice opinion that is just plain stupid I blame it on your up bringing its not your your fault your so ignorant you just never allowed your self to do better by educating your self but hey we can go on and on about it being race... And you can claim your not racist but in fact you just started of wit generalizing every African American and Dominican student as trash because of this incident ...I don't feel the need to curse you out I will pray for your soul to make it to heaven became you have some demons you need to take care off and yes I had to state I'm african American because I'm proud... I will not state my status in life because it's not here nor there....
Willian C. Rhoden April 18, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Wow! This whole comment board is ignorant!
Willian C. Rhoden April 18, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Can someone on here please explain to me why people are placing judgement on the whole school because of a few peoples asinine actions?
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Shane April 18, 2012 at 04:52 AM
100 people standing around = 100 cell phones... i bet someone has a video that tells the truth.
DC student April 18, 2012 at 05:31 AM
This incident is very upsetting and further ruins the reputation and credibility of the school. It's not fair to the good kids who are actually there to learn. There are smart kids at Dominican College but they are not really heard of because they know right from wrong, how to ignore things, and therefore are not attention seekers. Instead, when anyone hears the name Dominican College majority will connect the name with troubled kids and misfits. Again, that is really not fair to the kids who are smart that they are automatically looked at as a misfit because of the college they chose to attend when in fact they are actually very smart, kind, and intelligent.
DC student April 18, 2012 at 06:23 AM
and for those saying the students were manhandled by the police what did you expect them to do? it's a big fight, the police needed to stop it before it escalated and people got really hurt. Do you expect them to hold the kid's hand and walk them to the police car? and when I said kid I meant kid because there's no way they (the students fighting) can be considered adults for such childish actions
NyackPride April 18, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Why are comments being deleted? What happened to free speach? Let the all the peoples voice's be heard! No matter what their views may be
NyackPride April 18, 2012 at 06:34 AM
Close the comments. Don't pick and choose
JohnJ22 April 18, 2012 at 12:10 PM
I was NOT there, and I don't know who was right or wrong, but I DO know that when an authority figure tells you to "cool it"...........you OBEY!!! In reading through the many comments left, I am shocked at the mishandling of the English language by these students......don't they know the basics of "Person, Number, Gender, Case"?? Has Dominican College set their standards so low, or the Board of Regents set their SAT (English and Math) requirements so low, that these "basics" are no longer relevent? Also, I would have imagined that these COLLEGE students, by now would have been taught how to handle altercations as ADULTS, not as a street gang!!
Kim Tran April 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Some comments were deleted because they used profanity
Dc Student April 18, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Can people stop calling everything a racial issue. When people claim something is racist it stops the people that did it from taking responsibility for their actions. Don't put yourself in bad situations and make everyone at the school look bad because of it. We all look bad because of stupid people doing stupid things. I hope these kids get charged to the fullest extent of the law for how they made all of DC students look.
Michael Grella April 18, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Agreed!
Michael Grella April 18, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Once someone threatens to attack or kill someone it dose not fall under free speech.
Michael Grella April 18, 2012 at 06:58 PM
these exceptions Restrictions that are based off people's reactions to words include both instances of a complete exception, and cases of diminished protection. Speech that involves incitement, false statements of fact, obscenity, child pornography, threats, and speech owned by others are all completely exempt from First Amendment protections.
DC student April 18, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I agree with john 100% Dominican has lowered their standards way to much. In my opinion their standards should be raised by a significant amount in order for the school to get its credibility back. Instead of like a 2.5 gpa requirement it should be a 3.0. Admission standards should be higher. Also, btw police are there for everyones safety not to hurt anybody.
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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