MILFORD, CT -- Twenty-three young people were arrested Wednesday afternoon after a backyard slugfest patterned after "Ultimate Fighting Championship" contests.
The brawl took place behind a home at 25 Breakneck Lane, off Meadowside Road and near Meadowside School, police said, and 14 of those arrested were minors.
After police learned of the planned fight, extra patrols were dispatched to schools on the west side to monitor activity at dismissal time, said Officer Vaughan Dumas, the police spokesman.
As officers arrived at the Breakneck Lane home, several youths knocked down fences in surrounding yards attempting to flee, Dumas said.
"This was the first time we've seen a planned fight like this, with scheduled bouts leading to a championship," Dumas said. "We want parents to know that this is happening and to be aware of it." The combatants were youthful offenders and cannot be named, he said.
All 23 arrested were charged with trespassing and creating a public disturbance.
The 14 juveniles received a summons to appear in juvenile court; the others received an infraction with an answer date of Oct. 16.
In addition, Byron Fernandez, 19, of Cooper Avenue, was charged with interfering with police. He was released on a promise to appear Oct. 13 in Milford Superior Court.
Others arrested were: Josh Kiernan, 21, of Seaside Avenue; Paul Roles, 18, of Wilson Street; Geoff Kochiss, 18, of Bridgeport Avenue; Daniel Wilhelm, 18, of Milford, Point Road; four others whose names were not released because they have youthful offender status, and the 14 juveniles.
According to the Web site www.ufc.com
, the Ultimate Fighting Challenge combines martial arts moves with Olympic-style boxing.
The trademarked UFC organization was established in 1993, following an earlier Brazilian version.