Police break up massive party in Eugene

Up to 600 people were seen leaving the backyard and the crowd was reportedly hostile to the officers on the scene.

Posted: May 10, 2021 11:18 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – About 500 people gathered at a large party in Eugene over the weekend, police say.

Officers responded to East 15th Avenue and Mill Street at about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday after callers complained about noise.

Police said hundreds of people were grouped together outside and in the street.

An officer contacted resident Lucas Ferrendelli, 20, who told police he would try to shut down the party. However, after 10 minutes, the party had yet to break up and more people were arriving.

Additional units responded and announcements were made over a speaker telling people to leave. Police said up to 600 people left the backyard and went to nearby streets as they dispersed. The crowd was reportedly hostile with police.

When police attempted to contact Ferrendelli a second time, the man reportedly ran away and into the crowd. He later reappeared with resident Robert Morehouse, 21, police said.

Moorehouse cooperated and was apologetic, police said, but Ferrendelli remained hostile, shouting profanities and threatening to fight officers. He was handcuffed during the incident.

Both residents were cited for prohibited noise and Ferrendelli was released.

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