DUXBURY, Mass. — Police in Duxbury broke up a house party on New Year’s Eve where more than 17 people are accused of violating gathering limits under the state’s COVID-19 rules, according to a release from local law enforcement.
Officials said that they believe several others were able to leave the house before being identified.
Additionally, an 18-year-old, identified as Zackary Hamadeh, was charged with furnishing alcohol to minors, while an intoxicated individual was transported to an area hospital.
Police arrived at the house party on Federal Eagle Road in the town around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night.
According to the teen’s father, Chefik Hamadeh, he and other family members were up in New Hampshire when his son held the party without permission.
He told Boston 25 News on Friday night that he received a phone call from police around 10:30 p.m. learning what happened. Hamadeh explained that, to his knowledge, there were two parties being held that night, and teens at the other learned of his son’s and drove over hoping to join.
When his son would not let the others in, Hamadeh said a fistfight broke out and spilled onto the street. Neighbors promptly called 911.
According to Hamadeh, his son will have to sell all of his electronics and his mountain bike and donate the money to charity as part of his punishment.
The minors at that party were from multiple south shore communities, police said. The Duxbury school and health departments have been notified about the incident, while officials say efforts are being made to notify other school districts where guests at that party were from.
“Further charges relating to violations of COVID-related gathering restrictions are also likely,” police said in a release about the party.
“The police department is working closely with other agencies to ensure that all appropriate steps are being taken to minimize the risk to public safety and health as a result of this illegal gathering.”
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