Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe said the Jasper Police Depatment received a complaint regarding loud noise in a neighborhood at 11:17 p.m. Friday. Greg Brown and Joey Darty, night shift patrol officers, were the first to arrive at the source of the noise — a home located at 611 5th Street.
Those officers reported numerous cars were blocking the roadway and parked in neighboring yards, Rowe said. When the officers approached the house, a large number of party goers fled the area. Rowe said officers observed a large amount of alcohol in the home and reported the majority of the people at the party appeared to be between 15 to 20 years old.
Rowe said Jasper Police Department’s entire night shift responded to the scene. Both ends of the street were blocked in an effort to control the crowd, which officers estimated to be between 150 to 200 people. More than 20 illegally-parked vehicles were towed from the area, and officers contacted parents of juveniles on the scene.
“This was a dangerous situation,” Rowe said. “When children are exposed to alcohol, we take that very seriously.”
Two adults were arrested in connection with the party. Andrew Quiroga, 21, of Jasper and William Payne, 25, of Jasper were taken into custody and charged with hosting an open house party and public intoxication. Rowe said other charges could be filed as the investigation moves forward.
Quiroga is a former Cordova High School football player and served as a volunteer coach for the Blue Devils last season. A third adult believed to be responsible for the party is rumored to be an assistant football coach at Cordova High.
“There are reports there were other adults who fled the scene when police arrived,” Rowe said. “Those adults have not been located, but we are interested in talking to them about their roles.”
Walker County Schools Superintendent Jason Adkins said the board of education is aware of the situation.
“We are awaiting the results of the police investigation and will take appropriate action based on those findings,” Adkins said.
Rowe said the house party was “unusual” for Jasper.
“This was a very unusual event. To have a crowd that large and in that age group, that makes this unique in our response history,” she said. “We intend to hold the adults who are responsible for this incident accountable.”
Quiroga and Payne are being held in the Jasper City Jail.