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DAYTON, OHIO — A brawl broke out at a fraternity party that police said specifically featured Wilberforce University and Central State University students early Saturday morning.
The incident — which police said drew between 100 and 200 people to the IUE-CWA Hall, 313 S. Jefferson St. — resulted in one arrest and was only quieted after officers received assistance from other law enforcement agencies.
Attendees at the scene said numerous representatives from fraternities in Ohio were also at the yearly party, including those from Wright State University, the University of Dayton, Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati.
According to a police report, "There were several officers trying to de-escalate the situation. Officers were being pushed up against the wall. There were tables and chairs being thrown in the air."
Fran Robinson, a spokeswoman for Central State, said Saturday she had no knowledge of the incident and could not comment directly.
Attempts to reach a spokesperson from Wilberforce were unsuccessful. As of Saturday night, one person had been arrested in connection with the brawl. Darryl Wayne Williams, 22, was arrested on suspicion of a felony-level assault offense, as well as misdemeanor-level offenses for failure to disperse and disorderly conduct. Two people were reportedly taken to a nearby hospital. There were no reports of guns at the scene.
Attendee Tyrell Thompson said the party was "pretty much over" when "two fraternities got into a disagreement and it just got out of control." "It was chaotic," he said. " 'Bar fight' is an understatement."
Uninvited guests may have prompted the dispute, according to witnesses. Upon arrival, officers called for backup. Additional authorities soon responded, including officers from Riverside, UD and Sinclair Community College. Montgomery County sheriff's deputies and state troopers also assisted.
One person, according to a separate police report obtained Saturday, suffered a laceration over his left eye and along the right side of his nose. He said he was hit with a chair in the face by an unknown person. He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. "We take downtown crime very seriously," said Dayton police Maj. Larry Faulkner. "(This) will be looked at and (plans) will be sought to avoid future incidents of this kind." WHIO-TV contributed to this report.