Staff reports

BRIDGEPORT -- Two police officers and two suspects were injured in a brawl early New Year's Day.

Officers Richard Cretella and Christopher Smith suffered cuts and bruises as they tried to break up a fight among about 20 young men in the middle of North Avenue at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the incident report.

Jesse Hampton, 27, of Huntington Turnpike, was brought to Bridgeport Hospital after being shocked with an electronic stun gun and bitten on the inner thigh by a police dog. Carlos Baez, 34, of Harvard Street, was treated at St. Vincent Medical Center for a dog bite on the ankle.

Police said the fight apparently began when a family hosting a New Year's Eve party in their second-floor apartment on North Avenue refused to let several young men they didn't know into the party.

The fight between guests and party crashers began in the hallway of the building at 810 North Ave. and spilled into the stairwell, police said. When the first officers arrived, there was also fighting taking place on the front porch and in the middle of the street. City police called for backup, and a state trooper also assisted, the incident report states.

Officers found blood on the walls of the stairwell and in the apartment, and empty beer and liquor bottles in several of the rooms. A strong odor of marijuana was also present, the report states. Several children were huddled in a bedroom, watched over by a woman.

When police arrived, Hampton fought with officers and punched Smith in the head, the report states. He was charged with two counts each of assault on an officer, breach of peace and threatening, and was held over the holiday in lieu of $50,000 bond. Hampton was expected to be arraigned Thursday at state Superior Court.

Juan Torres, 20, of Harvard Street, was charged with criminal attempt to assault an officer after he tried to block police from entering the apartment, the report states. He was held on $25,000 bond and was to be arraigned Thursday.

David Alamo, 21, of Harvard Street, took Cretella's hat and kicked the officer, grabbing him by the neck and his duty belt, according to the report. Alamo was also charged with criminal attempt to assault an officer and held on $25,000 bond.

Joel Guadarrama, 19, of Elmwood, tried to re-enter the party and shoved Cretella when the officer attempted to block his way, police said. He and two others, Baez and Ricardo Echeviarra, 26, of Pembroke Street, were issued a summons for interfering with police and released on their promises to appear in Superior Court on Jan. 14.