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Two Monmouth University Football Players Arrested Following Brawl At Off-Campus Home

The following is a press release from the Deal Police Department:

On Feb. 12, at approximately 12:24 a.m., Deal officers were dispatched to 23 Atlantic Ave., Deal, for a report of a large fight occurring in the background. Upon arrival a large Monmouth University party was observed to be taking place and a number of students were observed fleeing the scene.

Officers were advised that a group of approximately 30 individuals that were denied entry into the home proceeded to vandalize several motor vehicles in the area. Officers from Ocean Township, Long Branch and Allenhurst assisted Deal Officers in clearing the home of approximately 200-300 attendees. While officers were attempting to clear the home, several other small fights broke out and were brought under control.

This party was occurring at the off-campus home of members of the Monmouth University Football Team. Numerous attendees were very uncooperative towards officers on scene and fled the location. Two tenants of the home were arrested and charged as a result of the incident.

Christian Runza, 20, of Norwood, was charged with disorderly conduct, maintaining a nuisance, providing alcohol to underage persons and borough ordinance violations for underage consumption of alcohol on private property and littering.

Michael Christ, 21, of Sterling, VA, was charged with disorderly conduct, maintaining a nuisance, providing alcohol to underage persons and a borough ordinance violation for littering. Both subjects were released on a summons pending a court date.

The assaults, criminal mischief to the vehicles that were parked in the area along with other violations are still under active investigation by this agency. Anyone with information on who is responsible is encouraged to call the Deal Police Department. Surveillance footage is being reviewed and we are receiving cooperation from Monmouth University Police.

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