The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says its deputies came across a scene in Royal Palm Beach last weekend that seemed to ignore social distancing and small group guidelines, as well as age requirements for alcohol.
They arrested two siblings, including a 17-year-old, on Friday night at a house party near Southern Blvd. that had up to 50 people in attendance.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises against any gatherings of 10 or more people in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Deputies were called to the home on Waterview Way in the Cypress Head neighborhood about 10:30 p.m. Friday over reports of a fight, according to the sheriff’s office report
When they arrived, 23-year-old Christopher DeSimone, who answered the door, “appeared intoxicated, as he was slurring his speech, swaying from side to side and had red, bloodshot, and glassy eyes,” the report states.
DeSimone did not have an ID. In addition, a deputy saw at least 10 individuals who appeared to be underage inside drinking beer.
The report goes on to explain that DeSimone became “belligerent.” He blocked the deputy from entering the house and tried to shut the door. The resulting noise caused neighbors to come out of their homes.
The deputy then placed DeSimone in handcuffs and told a teen, who was identified as DeSimone’s younger sister, that officials needed to search the house for an injured person, as blood was seen on the front walkway.
The teen also refused to provide identification and tried to shut the door, according to the report.
She was then also handcuffed and arrested.
Inside the home, deputies found more blood, empty beer cans and “other malt beverages.” The report states about 40 to 50 teens had gathered in the back yard.
George DeSimone, Christopher’s father, told deputies there should not have been a large party there, and that his son and daughter were there with a few friends when he left. He also denied giving alcohol to anyone who was underage, and claimed the alcohol was not his.
Christopher DeSimone was arrested on three misdemeanor charges, including disorderly intoxication, resisting an officer without violence and having an open house party where underage teens consumed alcohol. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Saturday morning and was released a few hours later, records show.
No additional information was released about his sibling’s arrest, due to her age.