Baltimore police arrested several Johns Hopkins University students early yesterday after an impromptu graduation celebration on campus spilled onto a street and turned into a melee with city officers.
According to police, nearly 500 young people were celebrating the end of classes at "The Beach," an open area near the university's main entrance at North Charles and 34th streets when campus security officers called city police about 1:45 a.m. They asked for assistance in removing unruly and intoxicated students who were blocking traffic, police said.
Police ordered groups of disorderly students to disperse, but some did not comply.
As police attempted to move the students, a scuffle broke out in which some officers were injured, including Northern District Officer Steven Bowman, whose arm was broken when he was pushed to the ground, police said.
Six students were arrested and charged with failure to obey police: Timothy St. Pierre, Peter Hunsaker, Samuel Clanton, Daniel Shupp, David Elliott and Mohamed Al Humadi. St. Pierre and Hunsaker also were charged with possession of open containers of alcohol in public.
Al Humadi and two others, Amanda Shafer and David Silverglide, were charged with assault on a police officer.
St. Pierre, Clanton, Shupp and Elliott were released yesterday. Hunsaker, Al Humadi, Shafer and Silverglide were being held last night at Central Booking and Intake Center, officials said.
Dennis O'Shea, a spokesman for Hopkins, said yesterday the party was not sanctioned by the school, and that alcohol is not permitted in the area where the gathering took place.
O'Shea confirmed that seven of those arrested were students, four of whom graduated Thursday.