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  • Five arrested as Dover, state, DSU and Smyrna police quell bar melee

  • Five women have been arrested after a fight broke out at a Dover bar
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  • Dover Police arrested five local women after a fight at a local bar that required the assistance of three additional police agencies to bring under control.
    The incident took place at 1:13 a.m. April 14, at Tom’s Bullpen in the Hamlet Shopping Center, said police spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman.
    Dover Police were called in by bar security personnel and arrived within 2 minutes and 30 seconds, Hoffman said.
    They found two women, identified as Quameisha Loper and Jalisa Robinson, involved in a fight and surrounded by between 250 and 300 people. Despite resisting arresting officers, both women eventually were taken into custody and placed in separate patrol cars, Hoffman said.
    Loper, however, kicked out the rear window of one of the cars, causing $500 in damage.
    Another woman, identified as Broque Benson, apparently angry at Robinson’s arrest, refused to leave the area despite numerous warnings and resisted officers’ attempts to take her into custody, Hoffman said.
    At the same time, a fourth woman, identified as Shannon Peace, ostensibly upset at seeing Loper in the patrol car, began punching the side of the vehicle and yelling obscenities. After resisting police efforts to take her into custody, she was subdued using pepper spray.
    Because of the large crowd that had distracted attention from their patrol vehicles, a fifth woman, identified as Margarita Martinez, Loper’s mother, assaulted Robinson during the incident. Martinez was taken into custody after being physically removed from the vehicle.
    Hoffman said Dover officers requested assistance from other police agencies approximately four minutes after arriving and placed a second call approximately six minutes after the first.
    Page 2 of 2 - Seeing they were outnumbered, approximately four minutes later, officers requested assistance from other agencies, with an additional call going out six minutes after the first.
    Troopers from Troop 3 and Troop 9 of the Delaware State Police, and officers from the Smyrna Police Department and the Delaware State University Police responded to the calls for assistance, Hoffman said. Nine Dover police officers and an unknown number of officers from other agencies were involved, he said.
    The situation was considered under control by 1:32 a.m. and the area was cleared by 1:55.
    During the incident, officers witnessed numerous other fights and altercations and were pulled from behind by other persons while trying to make arrests, Hoffman said.
    Robinson, 23, of the 500 block of Persimmon Tree Lane, was charged with riot, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. She was freed on a $1,600 unsecured bond.
    Martinez, 39, of the unit block of North New Street, was charged with riot, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, public intoxication and third-degree assault. She was released from custody on a $2,200 unsecured bond.
    Loper, 23, of the 1600 block of South State Street, was charged with riot, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief under $1,000. She was freed on a $2,100 unsecured bond.
    Peace, 30, of the 400 block of Sussex Avenue, was charged with riot, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. She was released on a $1,700 unsecured bond.
    Benson, 25, of the 700 block of Slaughter Street, was charged with riot, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. She was freed on a $1,700 unsecured bond.
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