Suspects are taken into custody outside McCarren Pool this evening. (Photograph by NickyBalls on Twitter via Gothamist)
By Geoffrey Croft
The NYPD arrested three youths moments ago in a wild melee, A Walk In The Park has learned.
At least one suspect was maced while police were trying to get the situation under control.
During the melee police called for an 85 - additional units needed. An additional 20 officers arrived at the wild scene.
Lifeguards warned an unruly crowd of between 10 -20 numerous times to stop doing back-flips and throwing people into the air. They refused to comply. Park Enforcement Patrol attempted to get a patron out of the water. When he swam away, they called NYPD over to help.
At approximalty 6:15 lifeguards closed the pool. The crowd started booing and began yelling and screaming. The pool deck was almost cleared when a few decided to take jump back into the pool. Police confronted the group.
A fight broke out and multiple officers were wrestling on the ground in the sprinklers. One officer sprayed mace at at least one of the suspects who was resisting arrest, according to a source.
"They went wild on us," said an officer at the scene. "They were pushing and screaming. It was crazy."
At least 8 police cars raced to the scene. Police poured into the pool and eventually got the situation under control.
The suspects were transported to the 94th Pct.
According to the police, Brooklyn resident Antquan Lomax, 23, was charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Brooklyn resident Ronald Crouthers, 24, was charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and a 24-year-old Queens resident Jamaar Gordon was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
One participant was issued a summons.
The pool re-opened for the adult night swim without any reported incidents.
Security has increased dramatically at the pool since it's opening when they had only 2 police officers and two PEP. The Police Department had 16 officers and a Sgt. at the pool today.
The police have also assigned officers inside the locker rooms after numerous break-ins.
More than 4000 used the pool today.
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