Several arrests made at college parties Saturday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Several people were taken into police custody after a large college party Saturday in Providence.

Harold Antorson has lived in the neighborhood near Eaton Street for 57 years and was cleaning up his property Sunday morning in the aftermath of the massive party.

“It was just crazy,” he said. “They were walking down in droves.”

According to our news partners at the Providence Journal, police said thousands of young people mobbed homes on and near Eaton Street late Saturday afternoon, near the Providence College campus.

Eyewitness News obtained police reports from the Providence Police Department which referenced large crowds in yards and in streets, and the difficulties officers encountered in controlling them.

One “visibly intoxicated” 21 year-old man, later identified as a Providence College student, was arrested on Pembroke Avenue after officers said he refused to move as they were trying to disperse a large crowd. After being told he was being arrested, the man began kicking one of the officers, resulting in a struggle. He was charged with simple assault, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

Police and neighbors said that there were many more people taken into custody – most of whom were released later Saturday – but police did not provide the exact number to Eyewitness News.

Steven Maurano, spokesman for Providence College, reiterated that the college has “consistently paid for extra details from both Providence Police and State Police” in the area and is committed to working closely with the police and neighbors about alleged misbehavior by students living off-campus.

“Any Providence College students who are cited or arrested for misconduct, public drinking, or other bad behavior are referred to our Office of Community Standards where they are afforded a hearing to explain their conduct,” Maurano said in a statement provided to Eyewitness News.  “The Office of Community Standards issues sanctions to those students as deemed appropriate.”

Maurano said about 700 Providence College students live off-campus in the Elmhurst neighborhood, down from about 1,700 students in the early 2000s.

According to the Providence Journal, police said there were also some students from Rhode Island College and Johnson and Wales present Saturday afternoon.

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