UPDATE: Smyrna PD made three arrests at party Saturday
Mike Smith: "All of the arrests all stemmed from the event that this gentleman put on. Everything stemmed as a result of this party."
UPDATE FEB. 7
Smyrna Police are reporting that three arrests were made Saturday outside EGAS Inc., a youth outreach group housed in the former Piccadilly location at 2781 South Cobb Drive, after a party the group was holding got out of hand.
Mike Smith, public information officer for the Smyrna Police Department, said two adults were arrested for disorderly conduct. A juvenile was also arrested for disorderly conduct and obstruction after he resisted arrest and provided police with a false name and date of birth.
“People were arrested at the party or as it was breaking up,” Smith said. “Things had gotten out of hand inside and the person putting on the event shut down the event and tried to send everybody home. At that point fights were breaking out and that type of thing. That’s when the police were called. We actually had to call Cobb County police there were so many people there to provide additional assistance.”
Mel Catholic, EGAS Inc.’s founder and the property holder, told Smyrna-Vinings Patch on Sunday that Saturday’s incident did not involve his organization, but that police were called for crowd control after an altercation between adults at the parking lot of the nearby Blockbuster.
Smith noted that the police report named EGAS Inc. as the location of the disturbance. He added that there have been no incidences at Blockbuster since Dec. 31.
“All of the arrests all stemmed from the event that this gentleman put on,” he said. “Everything stemmed as a result of this party.”
One teen that attended the party said it had been broken up because members of a gang were trying to start a fight. Smith noted that police had received a similar report, but said they had no specific information to indicate gang activity.
FEB. 5 Saturday Smyrna and Cobb Police responded to a disturbance near EGAS Inc., a youth outreach group housed in the former Piccadilly location at 2781 South Cobb Drive. Mel Catholic, the organization’s founder, said that the incident Saturday did not involve his organization.
“It was basically a small altercation of adults off the property in the Blockbuster parking lot,” he said. “Basically the police were crowd control.”
Catholic said about 480 teens had come to EGAS Inc. for a party Saturday night. When Smyrna-Vinings Patch arrived on the scene around midnight there were about 10 Smyrna and Cobb police cars in the EGAS Inc. parking lot and on South Cobb Drive in front of the building. Most of the attendees had left the party, but there were still a few teens waiting for rides in the parking lot and gathered outside the nearby Shell gas station.
One teen that attended the party preferred not to give his name, but said it had been broken up because members of a gang were threatening to start a fight.
“Inside my building there was no fight,” Catholic said. “In my parking lot there were no fights.”
Smyrna and Cobb police could not be reached for comment at this posting.