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ALBANY, N.Y. - Police in Albany arrested two people on Saturday following a fight that happened near the city's St. Patrick's Day parade.
Police say around 4 p.m. Saturday officers assigned to parade security observed a fight in the area of Washington Avenue and Swan Street.
As officers were dispersing the crowd, 18-year-old Clint Junco, of Delmar, allegedly lunged at an on-duty police officer and hit him in the face with a closed fist. Junco was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, and Assaulting an Officer.
Officers also arrested 17-year-old Najee Bennett, of Bethlehem, for Disorderly Conduct for engaging in tumultuous behavior.
Police say the fight occurred after the parade had concluded and the crowd was quickly dispersed.
"We had officers assigned to every block of the parade route, so you could only be a few hundred yards away from a cop at any given time," says Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff.
Krokoff says while this incident is reminiscent of the "kegs and eggs" riot involving UAlbany students in 2011, they are not on the same level. Krokoff says one similarity is both incidents have no connection to the St. Patrick's Day parade.
"Whenever you add alcohol, impulse and immaturity together, you have those types of situations," says Krokoff. "Fortunately, we don't see that by and large through the larger group. People come, they enjoy the parade with their families and then they go home."
Chief Krokoff says he is thankful the incident was recorded on a cell phone.
"It's a great opportunity for juries to get a feel for exactly what went on," says Krokoff. "It gave a good understanding of what happened when you go back to the situation in Pine Hills and an idea of the kind of nonsense we deal with with the kids that come from outside of town and decide they're going to cause havoc in the city of Albany for a day."
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