Five arrested during concert at Mullins Center
AMHERST — Two combative concertgoers were arrested during an electronic music performance at the Mullins Center after they injured people working at the event last Thursday, police said.
Police made five arrests during the concert by Bassnectar, a freeform electronic musician, and placed an additional four people into protective custody, University of Massachusetts Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald said Tuesday.
The most serious incidents involved two men who attempted to bypass private security guards and Mullins Center workers to reach the floor area, despite not having tickets for that section.
At 9 p.m. Matthew Alan Goldman, 19, of Ramsey, N.J., tried to jump over a wall separating his seating area from the floor section, but was confronted by two security employees, police said.
“As they did, he began to fight with them, and ran his head and face into the other person’s mouth, causing a chipped tooth for the employee,” Archbald said.
Goldman was arrested on charges of assault and battery and disorderly conduct, Archbald said.
John McCluskey, 19, of Melrose, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. on charges of disorderly conduct and assault and battery, Archbald said.
McCluskey was being escorted from a restricted area when he attempted to get away. “He slammed his body into the employee, causing her to fall into a wall and injuring her hand,” Archbald said.
The woman was treated at the scene by medical personnel.
As occurs at many similar concerts, the Amherst Fire Department had an ambulance crew with two paramedics, and received mutual aid assistance from Westfield and UMass EMS, which set up a triage area inside the building.
Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson said the area, which is curtained for privacy, provides space for working with patients who are brought there by UMass EMS personnel.
“This has worked well triaging folks first. Sometimes all they need is a place to sit for a while,” Nelson said.
During last week’s concert, paramedics treated 15 people at the scene, and transported four to hospitals using the mutual aid ambulance.
Nelson said his departments works with management at the Mullins Center in advance of concerts to determine what sort of crowd to expect and what type of coverage is needed.
Officials are planning another busy night Dec. 6 when Winter White Tour featuring Dada Life, an electronic duo, appears at the Mullins.
“It’s going to draw the same type of crowd,” Nelson said.
But Nelson said the vast majority of concertgoers won’t ever encounter the ambulance personnel.
“The bottom line is most of the people who go are there to have a good time. It’s a small percentage who are out of control,” Nelson said.
These types of concerts also have a larger uniformed and undercover police presence, Archbald said.
This led to the arrest of three men who allegedly had illegal drugs in their possession.
Mark Ellis, 21, of Walpole, Nicholas Lemelin, 27, of Rollinsford, N.H., and Brian Pease, 17, of 1 Westview Road, Easthampton, were arrested on charges of possession of a class B drug (ecstasy), Archbald said.
Ellis also faces charges of possessing a class B drug (cocaine) and possessing a class B drug with intent to distribute, Archbald said.