RCPD reports 73 Fake arrests

Numbers up slightly from 2013

By The Mercury

Seventy-three people were arrested during a 35-hour period that revolved around Saturday’s Fake Patty’s Day celebration.

The Riley County Police Department released crime statistics for the event on Tuesday.

From 7 p.m. on Friday to 6 a.m. on Sunday, police from Riley County — along with law enforcement from Junction City, Emporia, Hays and Lyon and Pottawatomie counties —arrested 29 people for disorderly conduct, 21 for DUI, six for minor in possession of alcohol and 5 on drug offenses.

At the 2013 Fake Patty’s Day, there were 70 arrests.

Those figures do not include all people arrested during that time, but include alcohol-related offenses for which Fake Patty’s Day has become infamous.

There were also six violent crimes reported, according to a release from Officer Matthew Droge of the RCPD.

Those included four batteries, one robbery and one report of rape.

Police officers filed 164 criminal reports, Droge’s report said.

Officers also responded to 234 calls for service from Manhattan residents.

Those calls included, but were not limited to, 35 parking problems, 23 disturbing the peace calls, 18 unwanted subject calls and 22 welfare checks.

Those numbers did not include calls initiated by officers.

At last year’s event there were 359 calls for service.

Police issued 541 citations to Fake Patty’s Day participants: 229 for possession of an open container of alcohol, 156 for parking issues and 100 for minors in possession of alcohol.

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