Police calls double over Cinco de Mayo Festival weekend

The work of Sunnyside police doubled over the Cinco de Mayo weekend.

"The average is 38 per day and on the first day of Cinco de Mayo, Friday, we had 60 calls," said Detective Jeff Cunningham.

Thirteen fights, three reports of shoplifting and one missing child were among the 60 problems on Friday that were directly related to the downtown festival, according to Cunningham.

On Saturday, there were 50 problems, which included a drive-by shooting, in which a house in the 1100 block of Tacoma Avenue was fired upon but no one was injured, and an apparent gang fight in Central Park at Flower Street and Edison Avenue in which a 17-year-old male received two minor stab wounds in the back.

Three men were arrested following the stabbing incident, which involved a fight among 25 to 30 males. Two of those arrested, one 26 and one 19 years old, are from Sunnyside. The third is an 18-year-old Grandview resident. They were charged with disorderly conduct, issued notices to appear in court and released on their own signatures.

The injured youth, who is a Grandview resident, was taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital where his wounds were stitched.

On Saturday, officers were also called upon to find a missing child, deal with four other fights and two reports of shoplifting-all incidents stemming from the festival crowd.

Sunday's festival-related incidents numbered 66, and involved five fights, two shoplifting incidents and six missing children.

Over the weekend, officers also investigated two burglaries and 35 thefts, including personal property, an automobile and shoplifting from vendors or stores.

They also responded to six false alarms, five animal problems, five assaults, four abuses of a controlled substance, one alcohol offense, seven disorderly conducts in addition to the three from the Central Park fight, numerous fights, two reports of graffiti, two harassments, two juvenile problems, three loiterers, one report of lost property, 12 reports of loud music, four 911 hang-up calls, four suspicious people, one threat, 22 traffic problems, three trespassers, one unsecured premise, four vandalism incidents, two violations of no-contact orders and one welfare check.

They also swerved two arrest warrants, gave six assists to agencies, provided two extra patrols, handled four informational calls and delivered a message to a son that his mother had died.

They also assisted at a fire that destroyed a Jeep Cherokee, apparently abandoned at a service station.


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