3 arrested in fights at Deep River Waterpark

2012-07-28T22:15:00Z 3 arrested in fights at Deep River WaterparkBy Bowdeya Tweh bowdeya.tweh@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316 nwitimes.com

MERRILLVILLE | Three people were arrested Saturday at Deep River Waterpark in Merrillville after a series of fights involving park patrons that began at the wave pool and continued in a parking lot, Lake County police said in a statement.

A fight broke out at the wave pool about 5:30 p.m., and Lake County police responded to the park grounds to assist officers already working there. The matter was later resolved after two men were arrested.

However, shortly after the arrests, a larger fight broke out in the parking lot as tensions escalated among individuals involved in the earlier incident. This time, police said, a female was arrested after she interfered with officers trying to calm the situation.

Objects were being thrown, including a hammer that damaged the windshield of a vehicle. As people attempted to flee, parked cars also were hit, according to the statement.

No park patrons or officers were injured in the incidents.

"This appears to be an isolated incident involving two scheduled groups of people who are not expected back at the park tomorrow," Sheriff John Buncich said Saturday in a statement. "There are no concerns about the safety of any park visitors. This was an isolated incident."

Lake County police spokeswoman Patti Van Til also said in a statement the park was not closed early as a result of the incidents and will be observing the regular park hours Sunday.

The three people were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement. One male also was arrested for criminal trespass, police said. Identities of the individuals arrested were not provided and it wasn't clear if they were minors.

A park representative reached through the venue's Facebook page to comment on the situation directed the inquiry to police.

Police said the cause of the initial incident is unknown.


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