PD: Music could be heard a block away

Johnny Velasquez & Lexie Melendez (Photo Credit: The Springfield Police Department)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two residents of a house that Springfield police say they’ve been called to about 20 times have been arrested after officers broke up a party early Sunday morning.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that 3:00 Sunday morning, two officers arrived at the house at 166 Kimberly Avenue and were greeted by several people in the backyard drinking and yelling. Once inside, the officers commanded at least 60 party goers to leave but the music was so loud that once it was unplugged people responded to the officers.

Delaney says that the tenant, Johnny Velasquez, was found hiding in a closet behind the DJ equipment. He is charged with resisting arrest, disturbing the peace and being the keeper of a noisy/disorderly house.

His girlfriend, Lexie Melendez was also arrested for sharing responsibility of throwing the party. She is charged with disturbing the peace and keeper of a noisy/disorderly house.

Police confiscated the DJ equipment as evidence. The owner of the property was also issued another city ordinance violation.

Delaney says that in previous visits to the house, police were not allowed inside, and that previous citations issued against both the tenants and the property owner were ignored.

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