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Two arrested after scuffle outside of Hinge, officer assaulted

Ishmael Salaam, 25, of 34 Greenleaves Dr., Apt. 11, Hadley, was arrested at 1:49 a.m. on charges of assault and battery on a police officer, possession of a class B drug (Molly or MDMA), and disorderly conduct, subsequent offense.

Police Detective Corey Robinson said an officer witnessed two women fighting in front of Hinge and when he approached, one of them started to leave with Salaam. When he asked the woman for identification, she gave it to him but then slapped it out of his hand and started to run away, Robinson said. The officer tried to grab her but Salaam physically prevented him. Salaam and the officer then allegedly scuffled and ended up on the ground, where the officer punched Salaam in the face multiple times while Salaam remained on top of him, pinning his shoulders down.

Another officer arrived and used pepper spray to subdue Salaam. They allegedly found the drug Molly on him during the subsequent search.

Robinson said that during the course of both altercations, Hinge staff never tried to intervene and did not call 911. A large crowd gathered to watch the fights, too, he said, and police told them to leave.

Gabriel Lebron, 23, of 143 Deerfield Drive, Florence, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct after repeatedly refusing to leave the area, shouting at police, and getting into verbal fights with two women, Robinson said.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

Legacy Comments2

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Hello all, we here at HINGE wanted to address this article. Yes a fight broke out between two female patrons at 1:58 a.m, as we were closing for the night. The fight started as they were leaving our facility and our staff was doing everything they could to separate the two. Just as our staff escorted them out side another patron stepped in to keep the females separated, at that time a Police car was driving up main street and saw the scuffle, immediately threw his lights on and pulled over, and took over, rightly so. As far as the substance apparently found on patron, we are not responsible for someones personal choices in life nor do we condone it. Our staff went to the station after we secured our doors to make a statement. Thank you, HINGE

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