Boston police officers arrested seven students and filed criminal charges against three others this weekend in an effort to crack down on underage drinking and out of control parties in the lower Allston neighborhood, Boston Police Department officials said.
William Evans, superintendent of the patrol division, said the BPD has increased patrols in the lower Allston area for the past three weekends, after residents voiced complaints at a recent community meeting and a student was stabbed to death at a New Year’s Eve party.
Evans said that of the seven students who were arrested, six were from Boston University and one was from Brandeis University.
He said that the extra patrols are taking place from Thursday to Sunday, and officers are responding to complaint calls, penalizing those with open containers of alcohol, and making sure liquor stores are not selling to minors.
“From September to now, we’ve brought dozens [of students] in on criminal complaints, but unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be doing the trick,” he said. “So now we go to the next level of locking up those who are responsible and we’re hoping it will discourage kids from holding these parties.”
On Saturday, police received a call at 1:19 a.m. for a party at 34 Ashford St, he said. When officers arrived they found 90 to 100 people in the basement, where there was also a DJ booth and a wooden bar. Police arrested two students, ages 19 and 20, who were both from BU. And early Sunday morning, at 66 Ashford St., police arrested four BU students for hosting a party where more than 100 people were in attendance. Three of the students were 20 years old, and the other was 19.
“100 to 200 kids at a party, it’s no wonder the neighborhood is up in arms,” Evans said.
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