NORWALK, Conn. – Two people were arrested after a bar fight in Norwalk involving dozens of people early New Year’s Day, according to police reports.
Staff members called Norwalk Police to a West Avenue bar early Wednesday for reports of a large-scale disturbance in the bar, police said. Officers at the scene estimated that dozens of patrons were involved in the fight, police said.
Officers escorted those who were not involved out of the bar, including many with visible wounds, police said. No victims remained at the scene to give witness reports to officers, according to police reports.
While officers were on the scene they saw Nesken Basquiat, 26, of Miramar, Fla., swing a metal chair at other patrons, according to police reports. He struck several others with the chair before he was arrested and placed in a police car, the report said.
Several people then gathered outside the car holding Basquiat and began yelling, with at least one man attempting to open the door of the patrol car, police said. Officers used pepper spray on that man before he fled the scene, according to the police report.
Officers used pepper spray in the bar after those the people not involved in the fight had gone outside, according to police reports. Eventually, officers were able to clear the bar, but a group of suspects began a second fight in a nearby parking lot after they were kicked out of the bar, police said.
One of those combatants, 26-year-old Eliezer Gabriel of Stamford, was apprehended by officers and arrested, police said. The rest fled before officers could make more arrests, police said. Officers decided not to pursue any other suspects in order to remain on the scene at the bar to keep order there, police said.
Basquiat and Gabriel were each charged with a breach of the peace and interfering with police. Basquiat’s bond was set at $1,500, and Gabriel’s was set at $5,000. Both men are due in court Jan. 9.