Four Busted In St. Pat's After-Parade Revelry
Resist Summons For Urinating In Street, Assault Cop
By Howard Schwach
Four Rockaway residents were arrested last Saturday night after the St. Patrick's Day Parade on charges of assaulting a police sergeant and disorderly conduct.
According to police sources, the incident began at about 10 p.m., several hours after the parade had passed by Beach 116 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
Sergeant Brian Stamm, on patrol with other officers in plainclothes, reportedly saw Edward O'Sullivan, 27, urinating on a street telephone stand at that location.
As the sergeant was issuing a summons to O'Sullivan, police say, three of his friends interceded on his behalf, attempting to keep the summons from being issued.
Those friends allegedly threatened and pushed the sergeant. Two of them were arrested, but not charged and were later released. The Wave is withholding their names because they were not charged with wrongdoing by the court.
Brete Murphy, 29, however, allegedly slugged the sergeant in the face.
According to court papers, Murphy, who faces the most serious charges, "struck Sergeant Brian Stamm in the face. The above actions of [Murphy] caused [Sergeant Stamm] to suffer swelling, a dislocated jaw, a laceration to his lip and substantial pain."
Stamm was listed as out on a line of duty injury at press time.
The four were quickly arrested by other members of Stamm's team.
All four were taken to Queens Central Booking in Kew Gardens, where they spent the night. All but Murphy were reportedly released without being arraigned. O'Sullivan was given a C Summons for urinating in public.
A spokesperson for the Queens District Attorney told the Wave that Murphy was arraigned on March 5 and charged with two counts of assault, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and two counts of disorderly conduct.
He is due back in court for a hearing on Friday, March 10.
Those defendants who could be reached for comment declined to do so.