Men stabbed in brawl at Riverhead house party

Oakland drive house party in Riverhead
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | A stretch of Oakland Drive South near where police say two men were stabbed Saturday night in Riverhead.

Two men were stabbed during a loud house party that drew about 500 people to Oakland Drive South in Riverhead Saturday night, Riverhead Town police said.

The fight broke out shortly after police were called to the scene of the party where they had asked the homeowner, who said the party was about to end, to lower the music at about 11 p.m., police said.

A short time later an argument escalated into a fight and the two men were stabbed.

Rashawn Lamb, 28, of Flanders is being treated at Stony Brook University Medical Center for multiple stab wounds to the back, police said. Tashawn Brown, 22, of Riverhead was treated at Peconic Bay Medical Center for lacerations to the hand. Both men initially drove to PBMC on their own, police said.

New York State, Suffolk County and Southold Town police officers and a Suffolk County aviation unit all responded to help in breaking up the party, officials said.

One neighbor, who did not want to give a name, told a reporter Sunday morning that as soon as she heard the commotion she went and grabbed her kids from the party. Two other neighbors said they didn’t hear anything.

Police were called to the same neighborhood last July for a party that had gotten out of hand on Oakland Drive North. In that case, an estimated 750 “unruly youths” drew cops to the area, according to police.

Both men injured during the fight Saturday night told police they did not know who stabbed them and no arrests have been made, officials said. Both have had prior run-ins with the law.

Mr. Lamb was arrested for obstructing government administration in Dec. 2011 when he fled the scene after being involved in a fight at Flanders Deli, according to a prior report. He was wanted in connection with a grand larceny at the time, police said.

Mr. Brown was arrested in July 2010 and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance after police found a small bag of crack cocaine in a car he was riding in, according to a prior report.

Police are asking anyone with information about Saturday night’s stabbing incident to call (631) 727-4500.

1 Oakland Drive South Riverhead