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Nov 7, 2011 2:52 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Cops: One Arrested After East Quogue Brawl Over High School Football Game

Nov 9, 2011 11:34 AM

A brawl involving 30 to 40 teens, some wielding baseball bats, following a Friday night football game resulted in one teen being taken to the hospital after being struck in the head with a bat, and an East Quogue man facing felony assault charges.

According to Southampton Town Police, the brawl broke out at East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue after a football game between Bellport High School and Westhampton Beach High School and involved fans of both teams.

Detectives said Wilson A. Garcia, 19, of East Quogue struck a 17-year-old Bellport teen in the head with an aluminum bat, causing bleeding and head trauma.

The victim was rushed to Peconic Bay Medical Center and later transferred to Stony Brook University Medical Center for treatment. He was released the next day, police said.

Mr. Garcia also struck and damaged the victim’s 2002 BMW with the bat, police said.

Officers said they received several 911 calls shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Friday about the fight following the football game at Westhampton Beach High School, in which the home team defeated Bellport, 43-27.

Mr. Garcia, who attended both East Quogue Elementary School and Westhampton Beach High School, was arrested at 10:56 p.m. at the elementary school and charged with assault in the second degree and criminal mischief in the third degree, both felonies, and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor, police said.

He posted $1,000 bail following an arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court and is due back in court on December 5, court officials said.

Mr. Garcia did not return a call seeking comment on Tuesday.

“It’s just really unfortunate and senseless,” East Quogue Elementary School Principal Robert Long said of the incident. He said he learned of the fight from custodial staff that night.

The school has security cameras, but they did not capture the brawl because they do not record the parking lot and surrounding fields where the fight took place, according to the principal.

Westhampton Beach Superintendent of Schools Michael R. Raddy did not return a phone call seeking comment, but issued a statement via his district’s public relations firm, Syntax, stating that the district is investigating the situation.

“The incident took place away from the Westhampton Beach School District campus and, at this point, we do not believe any of our current students were involved. Our investigation is ongoing,” the statement reads.

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Keep it classy EQ
By ex-pat (49), East Quogue on Nov 7, 11 6:03 PM
What were they doing at the East Quogue Elementary School after a football game in Westhampton Beach?
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Nov 7, 11 6:40 PM
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how stupid
By baywave (22), Westhampton Beach on Nov 7, 11 7:21 PM
I did write one comment before this one.. We were driving down Lewis Rd. by the farmland when a State Tropper past us. Continuing down Lewis Rd. South . I did notice a white car with it's lights out against the school fence.. The tropper was there and immeadiatly following were 2 Southampton Town Police and a few seconds another Southampton Town Policeman all coming up from Montauk Hw. I did see three guys in the road and another walking south down Lewis.

I do feel a lot of this did ...more
By Carol (109), East Quogue on Nov 7, 11 7:35 PM
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Stupid....that's all it adds up to. No real reason to be fighting or with b-ball bats!!!
By suzer67 (51), nanuet on Nov 7, 11 9:50 PM
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By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Nov 8, 11 7:53 AM
I hope Mr. Garcia feels the full wrath of the justice system.Taking a bat to someone's head is borderline attempted murder! That go's for anyone else
who may have been involved, as well.
By malonewj (2), eastport on Nov 8, 11 6:21 PM
I don't understand how only 1 person was arrested when there were so many people there. Anyone?
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Nov 8, 11 9:31 PM
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it is unfortunate that teens from Bellport can't come to the East Quoge elementary school at 9pm on a friday night and have a good time doing whatever it is Bellport teens do on a friday night.
As a sign of unity with our friends from the west and an act attrition East Quoge residents should go to the Bellport high school next friday night and breathe in the ambiance and see what happens.
The East Quogians can bestow offerings of malt-liquior and mentholated cigarettes upon the Bellport ...more
By user.name (46), hampton bays on Nov 9, 11 7:53 PM
the facts in this post are wrong there was no baseball bat to a kids head and mr wilson was hit first then he only hit a car get ur facts straight
By esteban (2), east quogue on Nov 10, 11 12:09 PM
stupid kids need something else to worry about, how about doing something for the community...is this how the adults of the future act?
By just breath (82), yuck on Nov 12, 11 4:30 PM
Instead of being a productive member of society, a 19 year old used a bat to fight. He should be prosecuted as an adult, he could have killed the other teen. There is no excuse for this type of behavior.
By crusader (391), East Quogue on Nov 16, 11 6:42 PM
Only one arrest involving 30-40 teens, some portion of which were from another district, and would have driven further East several more miles to be at the EQ school. Are we sure young Mr. Garcia wasn't defending himself?

Reminds me of the good ol' days when Southampton played Wyandanch.
By smacw (240), New York on Dec 19, 11 10:03 AM