Security beefed up at Gates hotel party

February 16, 2019 11:44 PM

GATES, N.Y. (WHEC)- Police in Gates are prepared for the worst as a party at the Ramada Inn begins Saturday night. Last weekend, the same promoters threw a party at Schramrocks in Henrietta which turned into a brawl. Multiple people were stabbed that night. 

When our crews were there, the party was calm. There were nearly twenty security guards on site for the party. Gates Police were also parked outside and right around the corner from the hotel. RoDaddy Entertainment planned the Henrietta Party last weekend and they are also behind the party Saturday night in Gates. 

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Naeem Butt owns the Ramada Inn in Gates where the party is happening inside the Wheels Up Tavern. Promoters are expecting anywhere between 300 to 400 people. Butt says he was reluctant to host the party when he was first approached by RoDaddy. 

"I was concerned when I found out about the incident they had during a previous weekend in another place", Butt said.

RoDaddy declined to interview but he did say in a statement, "RoDaddy Ent took all safety precautions regarding the event tonight. Including heavily staffing the security and keeping Gates police informed about this event. The goal is to have a safe and fun event."

Sergeant Matthew Vascarella with Gates Police was one of several officers to meet with security for the party and the Ramada Owner. Sergeant Vascarella says there is a plan in case something happens at the party.

"We're seeing an uptick in violence as people are leaving these parties, that's why this is happening," Vascarella said.

On top of the brawl and stabbings at the party in Henrietta, there was also a huge brawl at the Diplomat Party House in Gates in January. Saturday's party at the Ramada has been promoted on social media as a 'Red Light Special', and police have the blue lights ready if necessary.

"Just to be clear, we know that there might be 400 people here but there might only be four or five that cause a problem," Sergeant Vascarella said. "We want to make sure the rest of those people can come and enjoy themselves and not be a part of a major incident."

The proactive approach is what Butt said eased him into letting promoters host the party at his venue.

"They’re going to work as a team and this is extra preparation so now I’m comfortable," Butt said. "I think it will be just fine."

The party ends at 2 a.m. At that time, there will be Gates officers on the premises to make sure everyone leaves the property in a timely manner with no problems.


Kaci Jones

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