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PORTAGE — Two women were arrested Saturday morning after a fight outside a bar.

According to police, a "large mob" of 20 to 25 people were either observing or participating in a fight outside of Sunset Lounge, 5844 U.S. 6, just before 3 a.m. Saturday.

According to the report, an officer was at a traffic stop about a quarter of a mile away when he heard people yelling in the area of the bar. He responded to the bar, where he reported numerous vehicles fleeing and the parking area "gridlocked."

Calling for backup, the officer attempted to break up the large crowd, but stated, "the sheer number of disputants limited my abilities to safely do so by going hands-on."

Other officers arrived and people began to disperse, according to the report, which added police then saw a small group of women involved in a physical fight. 

"Our officers were greeted by many of the subjects refusing verbal commands, verbal aggression and unwarranted physical contact," said Police Chief Troy Williams, adding that security personnel and bouncers on the scene did not intervene in the disturbance.

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Williams added this was the second call to the Sunset Lounge on Saturday morning. The first was for a loud noise complaint.

One woman, Toshema Emery, 26, of East Chicago, was being held back, and apparently had been involved in the brawl, police said. Emery was taken into custody for a charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and transported to Porter County Jail.

A second woman, Marshema Mitchell, 29, of Gary, was also allegedly involved in the fight. As police attempted to stop her, she continually pulled away from officers, according to the report, and was eventually taken to the ground. She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct and public intoxication and transported to the jail. 

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Porter County Reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for nearly 40 years, including 23 years with The Times. She's a native of Merrillville, but has lived in Portage for 39 years. She covers municipal and school government in Porter County.