Several young people who allegedly took over an apartment house for drug- and alcohol-fueled gatherings -- at one point physically removing a tenant from an apartment -- have been arrested, Village of Angola police reported Wednesday.
Five of 11 suspects have been taken into custody. Michael Laspesa, 17, of Eastwood Avenue; Richard Walters, 19, of Jefferson Street; Jason Latham, 20, of North Main Street; and Francis Chaplin, 18, of Kennedy Avenue, each were charged with unlawfully dealing with a minor and criminal sale of marijuana.
Robert Lyle, 16, of Erie Road, was charged with unlawfully dealing with a minor.
Police said members of the group became acquainted with two tenants in the apartment building at 10 High St., and eventually started using their apartments and an attic for their gatherings.
Those same tenants, with children from infancy to age 11, initially were involved but later tried and failed to block the gatherings.
On Sunday, police were called to the building on a burglary report; people allegedly were attempting to enter the building through a second-floor window. Some tenants told police they were asked by another tenant to watch for illegal entry because the group -- now about 12 -- would not stay out.
Laspesa was charged that night with resisting arrest, police said.
Officers Dan Bluff and Doug Tubinis investigated and found that tenants were being intimidated by the group.
There were allegations that the group provided beer and marijuana to underage youths, and that marijuana and other drugs were consumed in front of the children.
In one instance, police were told, two men picked up a tenant and carried her into a hallway, then locked her out of the apartment where she had been baby-sitting.
The five arrested were sent to the Erie County Holding Center following arraignment.