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Police Chief: Crowd Behavior During Patriots Playoff Games Was ‘Exceptional’

The following is a summary of police activity and incidents reported from the Jan. 13 and Jan. 20 New England Patriots NFL playoff games at Gillette Stadium, as reported in Foxborough's police logs.

While the New England Patriots most recent playoff run ended in disappointment it did bring the two largest and most well behaved crowds of the 2012-13 season to Foxborough, according to Police Chief Edward O’Leary.

“Crowd behavior [during the Patriots playoff games] was exceptional,” O’Leary said. “Things went very well.”

In the January 13 AFC Divisional Round game at Gillette Stadium, police reported 44 protective custodies and seven arrests out of a crowd of 68,756. The following week, police reported 33 protective custodies and seven arrests out of a crowd of 68,756 at the Jan. 20 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium.

O’Leary said in his experience he has noticed that playoff games generally bring more well-behaved crowds.

“As the quality of the opponents increase and games become more intense people tend to focus more on the games and less on the drinking,” O’Leary said. “Which is always a good thing.”

The following is a log of arrests and protective custodies from the January 13 AFC Divisional Round game against the Houston Texans and the January 20 AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens:

AFC Divisional Round vs. Houston Texans; Sunday, Jan. 13:

Arrests:

  • Joseph McCafferty, 20, of Chelmsford, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
  • Christopher Spooner Hendrick, 35, of Sturbridge, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
  • Patrick Helfrich, 22, of North Andover, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, assault and throwing object at a sporting event.
  • Peter Hart, 33, of West Warwick, R.I., was arrested and charged with a straight warrant and taken into protective custody.
  • Michael Andrew Letourneau, 39, of Quincy, was arrested and charged with simple assault & battery.
  • Patrick J. Savage, 27, of Paxton, was arrested and charged with malicious damage to motor vehicle and disorderly conduct.
  • Erik Figueroa, 27, of Roxbury, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Protect Custodies:

  • A 35-year-old Arundel, Maine woman was taken into protective custody.
  • A 33-year-old Wilmington man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 43-year-old Ludlow man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 33-year-old Quincy man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 38-year-old Winthrop man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 37-year-old Marblehead man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 50-year-old West Roxbury man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 41-year-old Wilbraham was taken into protective custody.
  • A 52-year-old Albany man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 24-year-old Bangor, Maine man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 26-year-old Lowell man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 28-year-old Plymouth man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 27-year-old Leicester woman was taken into protective custody.
  • A 44-year-old Plymouth man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 39-year-old Windsor, Conn. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 26-year-old Mississauga, Ontario woman was taken into protective custody.
  • A 21-year-old Bellingham woman was taken into protective custody.
  • A 24-year-old Princeton man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 22-year-old Vernon, Conn. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 23-year-old Vernon, Conn. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 45-year-old Southbury, Conn. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 23-year-old Billerica man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 29-year-old Dorchester man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 49-year-old Port St. Lucie, Fla. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 27-year-old Springfield man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 24-year-old Brighton man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 45-year-old Greenwood, Indiana man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 29-year-old Southington, Conn. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 23-year-old Wallingford, Conn. woman was taken into protective custody.
  • A 32-year-old Holbrook man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 38-year-old Dedham woman was taken into protective custody.
  • A 33-year-old Warwick, R.I. woman was taken into protective custody.
  • A 32-year-old Billerica woman was taken into protective custody.
  • A 22-year-old West Yarmouth man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 24-year-old Westford man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 21-year-old West Hartford, Conn. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 34-year-old Medford man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 23-year-old Westwood woman was taken into protective custody.
  • A 22-year-old Windham, N.H. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 30-year-old Boston woman was taken into protective custody.
  • A 26-year-old Providence, R.I. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 36-year-old Jamaica Plain man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 33-year-old Framingham man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 50-year-old Tewksbury man was taken into protective custody.

AFC Championship Game vs. Baltimore Ravens; Sunday, Jan. 20:

Arrests:

  • Fred Paul Messersmith, 36, of 81 Jaques St., Somerville, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and two counts of resisting arrest.
  • Virginia Marie Karakhanian, 26, of 425 Somerville Ave. Apt. #3, Somerville, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
  • A 17-year-old Sharon resident was arrested and charged with assault and battery on a police officer, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest, malicious destruction of property over $250 and assault.
  • George L. Ravanis, 55, of Norton, was arrested for trespassing.
  • Tyler Denk, 18, of Reisterstown, Maryland was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Protect Custodies:

  • A 34-year-old Bar Harbor, Maine man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 52-year-old Easton man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 56-year-old Waterbury, Conn. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 23-year-old Malden man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 27-year-old North Attleboro man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 23-year-old Worcester man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 30-year-old Baltimore, Maryland man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 27-year-old Woonsocket, R.I. woman was taken into protective custody.
  • A 35-year-old Gilford, N.H. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 51-year-old Bow, N.H. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 30-year-old Buzzards Bay man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 26-year-old Nashua, N.H. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 31-year-old Berlin, N.H. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 54-year-old Phipsburg, Maine man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 33-year-old Hingham man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 30-year-old Laconia, N.H. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 35-year-old Belmont man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 53-year-old Manchester, Conn. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 56-year-old Bellingham man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 19-year-old Eldersburg, Maryland woman was taken into protective custody.
  • A 23-year-old Weatogue, Conn. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 51-year-old North Reading man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 50-year-old Medford man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 54-year-old Bristol, R.I. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 22-year-old Salem, N.H. woman was taken into protective custody.
  • A 37-year-old Billerica man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 37-year-old Bradford man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 23-year-old Newport, R.I. woman was taken into protective custody.
  • A 34-year-old Salem man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 31-year-old New Britain, Conn. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 36-year-old Brookline man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 46-year-old Newport News, Virginia man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 42-year-old Glenrock, N.J. man was taken into protective custody.
  • A 22-year-old Dracut man was taken into protective custody.  

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