4 women stabbed in Riverhead brawl

07/05/2011 10:05 AM |

An Independence Day brawl in Riverhead led to the stabbing of four women, two of whom were later arrested on an assault charge, authorities said.

Riverhead Police responded to the scene on Oakland Drive, located off Doctors Path just north of Northville Turnpike, about 9:30 p.m. after a 911 caller reported that a large group was fighting on the block, officials said. The large crowd was still there when police arrived.

There officers found stabbing victims Kiesha Moore, 28 of Riverhead and 39-year-old Shermaine Roberson of Shirley bleeding and in need of medical attention. Both women, who had been stabbed multiple times during the melee, were taken via ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for treatment, police said.

Later that night, police located two other women involved in the fight at the same hospital. Police said the women, Shinnequa Dean, 29, of Mastic and Tanisha Whitley,  27, of Riverhead also suffered stab wounds and had taken a personal vehicle to the hospital, police said.

It was not clear if the women drove themselves, or if a third party drove them.

Both women were charged with second-degree assault. They are scheduled for a Tuesday morning appearance in Riverhead Town Justice Court.