On Friday, October 26, at 8:59 p.m., Verona Police responded to a call of a large fight in progress on Cypress Ave. Upon arrival, officers observed approximately 150 of what appeared to be juveniles fleeing the area. As officers approached the residence, an adult male was observed in the front yard with facial injuries. Two additional juvenile assault victims were located by officers, one of which had briefly lost consciousness. After rendering first aid, an investigation revealed that the resident was hosting a party where alcohol was present and being consumed by underage persons. At some point, several fights had broken out and numerous people were actively fighting. The juvenile resident reported that she intended to have a small party but it got out of control, mainly due to social media. Two partygoers were transported to local hospitals by the Verona Rescue Squad for head and facial injures.
Fatjon Allteni, age 54 of Verona, Kristi Allteni, age 24 of Verona, Gerard Allteni, age 27 of Livingston, and a Verona juvenile were all charged with 2C:33-17B, “providing a premise where alcoholic beverages would be consumed by under aged persons” and 2C:33-12B, “knowingly maintain a premises where people would gather to engage in unlawful conduct” Both charges are disorderly persons offenses, and each carry a maximum penalty of up to 6 months in jail and $1,000 fine. The adults have a Verona Court date of November 21 at 9 a.m.
Another juvenile was also charged with one count of aggravated assault and one count of simple assault for breaking a bottle over the head of another attendee. The juvenile complaints are refereed to the Essex County Family Court.
The investigation is ongoing and more assault charges may be forthcoming.
Verona Police encourage residents to view the Verona Municipal Alliance Committee (VMAC) Safe Homes website to learn more about the SAFE HOMES program. Also, VMAC is promoting November as SAFE HOMES month.
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