Northeastern student arrested

by Gal Tziperman Lotan, News Staff

A Northeastern student was arrested early Saturday morning after a loud rooftop party on Columbus Avenue Boston Police officials said.

Christopher C. Piccaro, 20, was charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol and keeping a disorderly household. After about 10 hours in jail, he was released on $40 in bail and later sentenced to 20 hours of community service, he said.

Officers arrived at 610 Columbus Ave. around 1:30 a.m. Saturday to find broken bottles and pieces of furniture that appeared to have been thrown from the roof, police said. Officers heard “noise consistent with a large party coming from the rooftop,” according to a police report, and followed the noise to find party-goers fleeing into apartments.

Police said officers followed party-goers into Piccaro’s apartment, where they saw minors drinking alcohol and asked to speak with the apartment’s residents. They found Piccaro, a middler music industry major, in his bedroom drinking a beer and listening to music. When officers learned he was under the drinking age, they arrested him, police said.

In an interview with The News, Piccaro said his roommates had a few friends over, but he was not involved in a rooftop party.

“I was feeling a little sick and thinking of going to bed early,” he said.

According to police reports, Piccaro admitted to being the host of the party. However, he told The News he was not the host, nor did he claim to be.

“I don’t think they ever asked me if I was the host,” he said.

He said he was likely arrested for taking a slight tone with the officers and smiling as they were questioning him. He begins his community service today.

“I think the officers arrested me and not anyone else because I was kind of giving them lip,” he said. “It’s too bad, because [free speech] is part of the First Amendment.”

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