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Police Shut Down Illegal Party in Rosedale, 160 Revelers Seen Dancing, Drinking and Smoking Hookah

Police shut down an illegal party at Event Center, located at 145-12 243rd St. (Photo: NYC Sheriff Dept.)

Dec. 22, 2020 By Christian Murray

The city’s sheriff’s office busted up a party in Rosedale early Sunday that was attended by more than 160 revelers.

Deputy Sheriffs turned up at the underground bar–inside a business called Event Center–just before 2:30 a.m. and watched multiple people entering the venue via a back door on Mayda Road between 241st and 243rd Streets.

The main door at the 145-12 243rd Street venue was blocked off by a metal roll-down gate, officials said.

Authorities found two unlicensed security guards by the rear door of the event space. The pair, identified as Sha-Mel Lamont Jones, 21, and Jason Hicks, 35, were both arrested.

Once inside deputies found 160 partygoers dancing, drinking and smoking hookah at a “dangerously close distance,” the sheriff’s office said.  A DJ was arrested for promoting the gathering, while a partygoer found with marijuana and a hatchet was also arrested.

The operators of the venue were fined $15,000 for violating COVID-19 rules and for operating an illegal club. The establishment was also found to have no Certificate of Occupancy on file with the NYC Department of Buildings.

Partygoers at an underground bar in Rosedale Sunday ( Photo: NYC Sheriff Dept.)

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