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Brooke Walker ReportingPolice call it one of the most dangerous times of the year, and this Halloween weekend was no exception. The days surrounding October 31st tend to not only be full of tricks and treats, but trouble. That trouble began Saturday when a party at the Hampton Inn on Admiral Byrd Drive turned into a gang fight.
Police say an employee of the hotel, who is a gang member, invited hundreds to the facility. However, when members of an uninvited rival gang showed up, the fight erupted. Police arrived on the scene and found large amounts of ecstasy and liquor.
Several guests were injured, including a 15-year old boy who received minor stab wounds. Another 15-year old boy suffered head injuries. Police made eleven juvenile arrests and also arrested the 25-year old hotel employee.
Police charged Oscar Urcino with possession of controlled substance and supplying alcohol to minors.
Another fight broke out just hours later at a Salt Lake home on 7th East. When a woman tried to break up the brawl, she was stabbed with a screwdriver. She suffered only minor injuries.
Det. Dwayne Baird, Salt Lake Police Dept.: “It's a big event. Lots of people dress in costumes and there are lots of parties going on, and so we have to be prepared."
Extra police officers will be out tonight and the Highway Patrol will continue with a four-day DUI blitz, that so far has resulted in almost 20 arrests.
Again remember to play it safe this evening and especially look out for the kids.