TROY, N.Y. – Troy Police have arrested four teens after a group of approximately 200 left the site of a Sweet 16 party at Germania Hall on Saturday night, according to Troy Police Captain John Cooney.
Police say the large groups formed up in "rival" pods and headed south to the downtown area. Cooney says calls began coming into the department around 9 p.m. "It was a recipe for trouble from the start," he said.
A car window was broken out of a vehicle in an act of vandalism associated with the crowd's demeanor in the area of 108th Street and Fifth Avenue.
Outside the banquet hall, police say a crowd of more than 200 teens, ages 13 to 20-years-old, poured into the street.
Patrols closely monitored the pedestrian activity of the groups from the party site southward to the downtown area. Upon reaching the bus stop area on New Third Street at Fulton, the groups escalated in their unruly behavior; chants of "Troy" vs. Albany" were of concern to patrols who were closely monitoring the activity.
Troy Police requested standby patrols from State Police and the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Department. A disturbance broke out in the alley area between Broadway and State/2nd and 3rd.
Police have arrested four in connection to the incident:
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