STAMFORD, Conn. -- Two drunken but underage Fairfield men were arrested after they caused a disturbance at the Beach Boys concert at Alive@Five in Stamford on Thursday night, police said.
One of the men punched a police officer and both of them bragged that their lawyer fathers would sue officers, police said. They also taunted police about how much money they earn, police said.
John Henry Bambach, 19, of 161 Lamplighter Lane, was charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, second-degree breach of peace and underage possession of alcohol. Bond for him was set at $5,000.
Brendan Salese, 20, of 60 Aspen Wood Lane, was charged with second-degree breach of peace, interfering with an officer and possession of less than four ounces of marijuana. He was released on a promise to appear in court.
The incident started shortly after 6 p.m. when concert security told officers about two young men who were denied entry because they were drunk and one of them refused to hand over a Snapple bottle, police said. Bottles and other items are not allowed into the outdoor concert venue.
The man with the bottle, who officers said was Bambach, was slurring his words and swaying, police said. Officers began to question him, but Bambach walked away as did Salese, police said. However, Bambach stopped, turned back to the officers and started verbally abusing them and saying they had no right to question him, police said.
Sgt. Kelly Connelly said Bambach then took a swing at an officer, striking him in the shoulder and jaw. Officers quickly grabbed Bambach, handcuffed him and started to walk him out of the area, Connelly said. Salese then approached the officers and began abusing them, police said. He was quickly handcuffed, and both young men were led away and placed in a police car, police said.
But that was not the end of the incident, police said.
Bambach began spitting and slamming his head into the plastic partition separating the front and back seats of the cruiser, police said. Salese and Bambach said their fathers are well-known lawyers who would sue them, told the officers they didn't know who they were dealing with and questioned how much money they made, Connelly said.
At police headquarters, Bambach refused to provide officers with information or gave them wrong information, Connelly said, until eventually cooperating.
A third concertgoer, Angela Ciambriello, 18, of 76 Tetter Rock, Trumbull, was charged with breach of peace.
But about a dozen other underage drinkers detained by police at the concert maintained their composure and avoided criminal charges.
Capt. Thomas Wuennemann said officers offered them the opportunity to call their parents if they remained calm. They took advantage of the offer and were picked up by parents throughout the evening and into the night, Wuennemann said.
Eight medical calls were made at the concert, with a half-dozen for underage drinkers who were sent to Stamford Hospital for observation, he said. The drinkers arrived at the concert already heavily intoxicated and were turned away by security, he said.
“The problem was that a lot of people walked off the train very drunk,” Wuennemann said.
The outdoor concert, the last of the Alive@Five events for the summer, saw people turned away after the fire marshal said there were already 9,000 people inside the outdoor venue, Wuennemann said.