Four East Bridgewater High School students are facing charges and more could wind up under arrest in what police say was a wild, drunken, teenage party drawing more than 50 people at the house. The home was extensively damaged inside and, with jewelry, electronics, golf clubs and other goods stolen from the home, police estimate damages at a minimum of $45,000.
Daniel and Jill Abbett returned home from a dream vacation in Paris to a nightmare in their Elm Street home.
The East Bridgewater couple found blood and urine smeared on the floors and walls, basketball-sized holes in the walls, an antique sofa had been set on fire, marble counter tops were cracked, flour was stuffed down the toilets, doors were pulled down and windows were smashed.
And that was just a fraction of the damage. With jewelry, electronics, golf clubs and other goods stolen from the home, police estimate damages at a minimum of $45,000.
“They pulled the chandeliers and ceiling fans and were hanging from the ceiling,” Jill Abbett said.
Now, four East Bridgewater High School students are facing charges and more could wind up under arrest in what police say was a wild, drunken, teenage party drawing more than 50 people at the house.
“I couldn’t believe what they did to this house,” said police Sgt. Steve Brown, one of the first officers to view the house. “I have been a police officer for 28 years and I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Gershom Grossman, 18, of 225 Belmont St., was charged with malicious damage to a motor vehicle and using a motor vehicle without authorization.
Daniel Peterson, 18, of 126 Hubbard Road, and Michael L. Edwards, 17, of 45 Hillcrest Road, were charged with malicious destruction of property, more than $250. A 16-year-old boy faces similar charges in juvenile court.
They were arraigned Monday and Tuesday and then released. The four are still in school.
East Bridgewater High School Principal Paul D. Vieira declined comment on the case.
He said that under the law, if a student is charged with a felony, the principal can hold a hearing to remove the student from school if the student poses a “substantial detrimental harm to the student body population.”
Police say the house was trashed on Feb. 20 when carloads of teenagers – many high school students – streamed into the 34 Elm St. home to party while the Abbetts were away.
“It was just a crazy party,” Peterson, one of the teen defendants, told The Enterprise on Tuesday.
Peterson said he was invited over to the house for a party, but didn’t do anything except punch a hole in the ceiling.
“It was an accident,” he said. “I jumped up. Everyone jumped and hit the ceiling. When I hit the ceiling, I made a big hole.”
Grossman said when he got to the party about 9 p.m., things were in full swing.
“It was pretty out of hand,” he said. “Pretty much everyone was drinking.”
According to police, Jill Abbett’s 18-year-old son was staying with neighbors while the parents were away and had gone to the house to check on it.
That’s when he saw a 16-year-old acquaintance shooting hoops in the driveway. “I heard your parents are away. Let’s have a party,” the teen told him, according to a police report filed in court.
The boy was repeatedly refused, but about an hour or two later, several teens arrived in cars, knocked on the door and came in. Then more kept showing up, the report said.
One teen logged onto his Facebook while at the house and posted there was a “Rager” and to call the number he was posting.
By 9:30 p.m., things were out of control. The teens were told to leave but no one did, police said.
A fight broke out. One person took a baseball bat to the walls. The bathroom door was ripped off. One person took the keys to Daniel Abbett’s truck and backed into another car in the driveway, according to the police report filed in Brockton District Court
The son had someone go get a neighbor for help and, when the man came over, everyone ran off.
But no one called police until two days later – when Jill Abbett’s ex-husband swung by after his son called him.
Brown and officer Carlos Oliveira went to the house, gathered preliminary information, and then additional work was done by school resource officers Doug Cary, Mark Harvey and detectives Michael Jenkins and Paul O’Brien before charges were lodged this week.
“A lot of people wouldn’t come out to speak with us,” Jenkins said. “There were probably upwards of 50 people there. Trying to track everyone who was there took quite a bit of time.”
Jill Abbett said she heard reports some teens were trying to sell her husband’s watch and other jewelry at the high school.
“Who in their wildest imagination would expect this?” she said. “It’s horrifying.”
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