State Police Respond to Large Party Over the Weekend Near UConn Campus in Storrs

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Connecticut State Police troopers were called to a party of around 100 people on Saturday night near UConn's Storrs campus, police said.

Troopers received a call around 11:56 p.m. of a loud party with an estimated 100 people, who were not social distancing, police said. They ordered people at the location at 205 Hunting Lodge Road to disperse, police said.

Christian Vitti, 21, met the troopers when they arrived and was arrested and charged with violating gathering size restrictions, interfering and permitting a minor to illegally possess alcohol, police said.

Police said while breaking up the party, Mikaela Puzzo, 19, threw a can at a trooper hitting them in the back. Puzzo was charged with disorderly conduct and possession of alcohol by a minor, according to police. The trooper was not injured.

Another homeowner, Thomas Bartolotta, 20, received a written infraction for violating gathering size restrictions, police said.

Vitti, a UConn student, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that what was supposed to be a small gathering “got out of hand” and he believes he should not have been arrested. He said he was upstairs in the home when he discovered there was a large gathering in the basement, and he tried to get people to leave.

“I said, ‘Oh, God,’” Vitti said. “I wasn’t sure exactly what I was supposed to do.”

Messages seeking comment were left for Puzzo, who also attends UConn, according to her Instagram account.

Another renter of the home, Thomas Bartolotta, was issued a written infraction for violating the state gathering limits.

A message seeking comment was left for Bartolotta, whose Facebook page says he is a UConn student.

A UConn spokesperson said the school is aware of reports of an incident at an off-campus party and is currently gathering more information.

Because the event was off campus, UConn Police were not called or involved, the spokesperson said.

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