Three arrested after fights outside Half Acre in Bangor, police say

Posted March 25, 2013, at 3:01 p.m.
Tasha Perry
Courtesy of Bangor Police Department
Tasha Perry
Rashon Sumler
Courtesy of Bangor Police Department
Rashon Sumler
Cassandra Means
Courtesy of Bangor Police Department
Cassandra Means

BANGOR, Maine — Two women were arrested early Sunday morning after they got into separate fights outside of the Half Acre dance and nightclub, and a man was charged for refusing to leave the bar’s parking lot, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.

Cassandra Means, 25, and Tasha Perry, 27, both of Bangor, were arrested at about 1:20 a.m. and charged with disorderly conduct in separate incidents in the parking lot of the downtown bar, the sergeant said.

Officer Shawn Green decided to park near the bar just as patrons were leaving the establishment.

“There were approximately 100 patrons who exited the club and were hanging around,” Edwards said.

As Green watched, a woman, later identified as Means, started pushing and shoving those around her.

“There was a woman who was out of control — completely out of control,” Edwards said of Means.

Green called for backup and then worked his way through the crowd, issuing disorderly conduct warnings right and left, the sergeant said.

“It appeared the crowd wasn’t going to de-escalate,” Edwards said.

As Green reached Means and placed her in handcuffs, “a large melee occurred on the opposite side of the crowd,” the sergeant said.

Backup officers had arrived by that point and dealt with the second fight, which resulted in the charges against Perry. Rashon Sumler, 26, also of Bangor, was arrested at the same time as Perry for refusing to leave when ordered to do so, Edwards said.

All three were taken to Penobscot County Jail and later released on bail, the sergeant said.

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