UPDATE: Police say 'unsupervised youth' cause problems at Lilac Festival
Rochester, N.Y. - The Rochester Police Department arrested 10 people Saturday at the Lilac Festival; seven of them were juveniles.
"There were a lot of unsupervised youth at the festival yesterday; that resulted in a lot of problems," said Lt. John Prewasnicak of the Rochester Police Department Special Events Unit.
The following are summaries of police activity that took place on May 7:
- 12:30 p.m. at South Avenue and Reservoir Street - Involuntary transport to mental health facility pursuant to mental hygiene law, section 9.41.
- 2:45 p.m. at Highland Park - Calvin Jackson, 45, was arrested for exposure of a person.
- 5:30 p.m. at 1400 South Avenue - Two juveniles were taken into custody for harassment and disorderly conduct, then released to family.
- 5:38 p.m. at 150 Highland Avenue - A juvenile was taken into custody for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, then released to family.
- 6:35 p.m. at 1400 South Avenue - Keshawn Gooden, 16, was arrested for disorderly conduct and later released on an appearance ticket.
- 6:45 p.m. at 1400 South Avenue - A juvenile was taken into custody for obstructing governmental administration in the second degree and released to family.
- 6:45 p.m. at 1400 South Avenue - A juvenile was taken into custody for harassment in the second degree and unlawful possession of marijuana and then released to family.
- 8:24 p.m. at 1440 South Avenue - Michael Johnson, 37, was arrested for assault in the third degree.
- 8:30 p.m. at 1400 South Avenue - A juvenile was taken into custody for disorderly conduct and then released to family.
- 8:45 p.m. in the vicinity of South Avenue and Robinson Street - Report of two gunshots fired, but no reports of injuries or damage.
Around 5:30 p.m., Rochester Police Department officers helped disperse a group of teenagers on multiple occasions.
There were about 30 RPD officers, a number of Monroe County Sheriff's deputies and security in and outside the festival. Lt. Prewasnicak said staffing wasn't the problem.
"We did end up with like 200 kids out on South Avenue," he said. "There were many fights that went down on the streets. During course of the fights near South and Robinson, there were two gun shots that were heard."
No injuries or damage were reported as a result of those shots.
Video circling around social media captures moments after a fight at the Lilac Festival broke out. It is not known at this time if those in the video were among the people arrested.
"Being a family event and all, I tell you it was very disappointing to have it going on here," said Erik Pepiciello.
Pepiciello grew up in Hamlin and attended the festival every year as a kid. This was his first time back in 12 years. He said he was discouraged to see it happening here.
"People need to take their aggression elsewhere and not ruin it for thousands of people that want to have a good time," said Susan Haefner of Honeyoe Falls.
Lt. Prewasnicak said that they will monitor social media to check in on anyone talking about coordinated fights happening at places like the Lilac Festival. At this point, he doesn't believe any of the fights from Saturday were a result of that. He added there is no need for people coming to the festival the rest of this week to feel unsafe.