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Seven Arrested, Including Two Stockton Basketball Players and Four Injured Following Major Bar Fight

A Galloway Police Officer who was head butted during the fight was then almost hit by a drunk driver, who was also arrested.

Six people were arrested and four others, including three police officers, were injured, following a large fight outside early Friday morning, April 27, said on Friday.

At 1:34 a.m., one officer from the Galloway Township Police Department and two officers from the were dispatched to the pub in the Smithville section of the township for a security detail, police said. Officer Raymond Casanova was on patrol in the area, and observed a large crowd on location, police said.

Diandre C. Brown, 22, of Sicklerville and listed as a senior forward on the men's basketball team on Stockton's website, was removed from the pub for causing a disturbance inside. He continued to cause a disturbance, prompting several officers to report to the scene, police said.

Officer Kerry Baerman was attempting to arrest Brown when Brown head butted Baerman in the face, police said. Following a scuffle with police, Brown was taken into custody, and was charged with aggravated assault on police, resisting arrest, failure to disperse and obstruction of justice. His bail was set at $25,000.

As Baerman was transporting Brown to the police station at around 2:09 a.m., he was nearly involved in a head-on collision near Pitney Road and Quail Hill Boulevard when an oncoming vehicle crossed the center line. He avoided the collision and then stopped the vehicle, police said.

As a result of that incident, Michael Gallagher, 31, of Galloway, was charged by Officer Ronald Gorneau with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to breath samples, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane.

After returning to the police station, Baerman was transported to as a result of being head butted, police said.

Meanwhile, several patrons had exited the pub and converged on officers who were attemtping to disperse the crowd, police said. Two males, including one listed as Brown's teammate on the Stockton basketball team, aggressively approached police after being told to disperse. Officers attempted to place Brown's teammate, Ibn Moye, 22, of Beachwood, and Devon E.Gibson, 21, of Newark, under arrest when they fled on foot, police said.

In his attempt to escape, Gibson knocked an uninvolved 22-year-old female to the ground, where she was knocked unconcious as a result of a laceration to her head. She was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Facility Mainland Campus, police said.

Casanova pursued Gibson, and in the process, suffered injuries to his knee and ankle. He was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus, police said.

Officers were able to capture Gibson and Moye, police said.

Gibson was charged with failing to disperse, aggravated assault for pushing a female and causing injury while attempting to flee police, and aggravated assault for the injury to Casanova. His bail was set at $25,000.

Moye, listed as a sophomore guard from Toms River on Stockton's website, was charged with failure to disperse, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice. His bail was set at $10,000.

As the disorderly crowd continued to grow, more officers were called to the scene, including two from Stockton, three from Absecon, two from Pleasantville and four State Police Officers. The crowd continued to taunt the officers and refused to disperse, resulting in three additional arrests, police said.

Chauncey O. Hunter, 27, of Atlantic City; Justin A. Wilson, 23, of Willingboro; and Amir N. Hopkins, 21, of Camden were all charged with failing to disperse and obstruction of justice, and bail was set at $5,000.

All six of those arrested were transported to the Atlantic County Justice Facility, while officers remained on the scene for two hours, police said.

A third Galloway Police Officer, John Mooney, was also treated at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus for a shoulder injury.

All three officers have since been discharged, according to a spokesperson from AtlantiCare.

"We are waiting for all the facts from police, but we do have judicial policies in place that hold students to a higher standard of conduct both on and off campus," a Stockton College representative said Friday afternoon. "We are fully cooperating with Galloway Police."

Brown attended high school at Camden County Tech. He played in 29 games during the 2011-12 season, averaging 14.7 points per game, 23 steals, 49 assists and 171 rebounds.

For his career, he averaged 11.3 points per game, 133 steals, 135 assists, 31 blocks,  and 609 rebounds.

Moye played in 38 games in two years on the team, including 25 as a sophomore and has a career average of 8.5 points per game. For his career, he also has 104 rebounds, 42 assists and 39 steals.

Tom Baker April 27, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Set the bail to 1,000,000. What a bunch of scumbags, taunting and headbutting an officer.
Nicole Kim April 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
LIESSS thats NOT what happened!
Nicole Kim April 27, 2012 at 08:01 PM
A BUNCH of LIARS!!!
Blue Anchor Guy April 27, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Bench 'em all....permanently and lose the "scholarships". Then maybe they might remember the real purpose for going to college.
Michael Guenther April 27, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Doesn't this stuff usually happen on a Saturday night? I wouldn't be surprised if at least a couple of those guys get expelled.
Anthony Bellano (Editor) April 27, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Nicole, if you have something you would like to add to the story, email me at Anthony.Bellano@patch.com.
Tired of the status quo April 28, 2012 at 01:55 PM
This is not going to happen. A lot of these kids who are going to college on a sports scholarship are put on a pedestal. They have been told their entire high school career that they are the best and that the are going to go to either the NFL,NBA or the MLB and all they have to do is keep playing and keep the stats up. There are many professors who will just pass the kid in his or her class because they are an athlete and they are not expected to live up to the same educational standards that the "regular" college student has to abide by. There are many of these people who are only going to college because they are good at a sport. Yes, you do have kids that are going to college on a sports scholarship who want to be there to get an education but, I think that those kids are in the minority. To prove what I am saying all you have to do is look at this article. You do not hear anything about the kind of student that they are the only thing you are reading about is their basketball stats. And, look they list a kid from Beachwood as being arrested and can anyone guess what school district this person came from? You guessed it The Toms River Regional School District. Here we go just another black eye for the district!
Rob Sweeney April 28, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Division 3 athletes do not receive scholarships. I coached Diandre Brown for four years and never had a disciplinary issue in all four years. This young man went to a Christian college his freshman year.
forthekids April 28, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Really status quot...just because one of the players are from TR does not mean a thing! The TR school district had plenty of good kids that come out of there. Society has become overwhelmed with negativity about TR, how about focusing on the good...read the article about the young boy who saved his grandmother. Plenty of good live on TR, if you don't like it here...MOVE.
Tired of the status quo April 29, 2012 at 07:38 PM
For the kids, All I was saying is here is another black mark against the school district. And, by the way the kid comes from Beachwood and not Toms River. See, what I was doing was drawing a parallel to all of the negative press that the township and the school district has received over the last two and a half years. Starting with the Ritacco spectacle all the way down to this kid getting arrested for doing to much parting. When every time that you listen to the news or read the paper and all you see is something going WRONG in the district then you really have to think about it huh? IN NO WAY was I saying that every single kid who goes to the Toms River School District is bad but, the district has had a lot of bad press.
Steve April 30, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Oh...a few semesters at a Christian College...whoa, that wasn't in the story and it changes everything. This must all be a misunderstanding. I also think the pedestal reference is a bit ambitious. I'm goin' with a step stool at best for the D3 Ball.
Blue Anchor Guy May 08, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Correct, D-3 student athletes do not receive "scholarships". I was using a little "poetic license" in my earlier comment. They do, however, receive "special considerations" that are packaged in many different forms like acceptance to the school when the student falls a little short of the standard academic requirements for admission. This might help to explain the moronic behavior exhibited at the pub on the night in question.
EJ May 11, 2012 at 07:30 PM
What really happened?
Al da February 15, 2013 at 08:52 AM
Ibn moye is from toms river. So you people need to know what y'all are talking about. He lives in beachwood but he's from toms river. He's a good kid never got in trouble with the law. Every time you seen him he had a ball in his hand. I'm sick of people all ways got something bad to say but don't nobody bring up the fact that jonny football got locked up over fights. I'm just saying

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