Police shut down satellite frat house after partygoers require hospitalization


Staff Writer
Published: 12/8/2021 12:49:46 PM

AMHERST — An Allen Street dwelling that Amherst police describe as a satellite fraternity house, and where two females attending a recent party required hospitalization, is no longer considered habitable by town inspectors.

Amherst police Detective Lt. William Menard issued a statement Wednesday that the ongoing investigation resulted from an incident at 1:20 a.m. Friday at 20 Allen St., where an unresponsive female was reported in need of medical attention.

At the house, used by members of Alpha Epsilon Pi, municipal inspectors uncovered the health and safety violations, and residents were ordered to vacate the building, following a Friday afternoon execution of a search warrant granted by Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Menard wrote.

Even with the female inside the home, college-age men denied entry to both police officers and firefighter/ paramedics responding to the incident.

The female who had been at what police believe was an underage drinking party was later located at a nearby home and taken by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Holyoke Hospital for treatment, Menard wrote.

In the process of the investigation, officers learned that a second female at the same party had been assisted on campus by UMass police and was transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton for treatment.

Amherst and UMass police and town firefighters are being assisted by the Northwestern district attorney’s office in the investigation.

District Attorney David Sullivan said in a statement that his office assisted police due to this being a dangerous incident allegedly involving excessive amounts of alcohol served to underage persons.

“I applaud police and medical personnel who responded to the scene and, despite obstruction by several residents of the house, located and assisted a person in need of immediate medical attention,” Sullivan said. “It is completely unacceptable for any person to interfere with the work of emergency responders, who are trained to save lives and act quickly under difficult circumstances. In emergency situations like this one, any second wasted could lead to a fatality, which is why it is essential that first responders have unimpeded access to the scene of any emergency.”

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