NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- A 16th birthday party was cut short by New Haven police.The party, planned months ago was supposed to be inside a downtown restaurant, but it ended in chaos on city streets.
Police say it was so out of control that they requested every available officer around 9 PM to get down to Kudeta restaurant on Temple Street.
The party invitations, which you can still find all over the streets, pretty much sums it up that the planner expected a large crowd, even strangers, making it $15 to get in without the flyer.
The manager says she was lied to and all she agreed to in writing was food and space. Police say there are some major issues with the planing phase.
A surveillance video shows a crowd contained to one room with some dancing and food. That's all May Lin expected when she agreed to let a New Haven mother use the space of Kudeta restaurant for her son's 16th birthday bash.
"My bar totally closed, no alcohol," said Lin.
After about an hour, the manager realized something just wasn't right. Kids were showing up at the door with the flyers advertising the party.
The agreement drawn up in late June, says a private party of up to 200 people, no cover charge but the flyer says otherwise.
"The mother took the money. We didn't even take one penny from the door," said Lin.
Around 8:25 when police came to check in, Lin says she felt better. But shortly after around 8:40, she saw the line getting long outside.
"I said please everybody move. That's what I say you see, go home, no more, be safe," said Lin.
The video shows her closing the doors because she knew the crowd was getting big, and by 9:00, the scene outside Kudeta was police everywhere trying to calm everybody down and clear the streets.
Lin says she requested permanent police presence and called a specific police sergeant on Friday, but never got a call back until Sunday.
Police tell News 8 that Kudeta was forwarded the legal requirements to hold what is called a juice bar party, a non-alcoholic party on Friday. Still, they say Kudeta didn't follow the city ordinance by putting in a written request 48 hours in advance.
Lin says she feels they followed all the rules, and was misled by the birthday boy's mother, Barbara Valentine. News 8 went to speak to her and she drove off immediately.
"The mother didn't even say sorry to me. They didn't say anything to me," said Lin.
No one was hurt in the midst of all the chaos. Police say they're still looking into whether laws were broken there and how to stop this from happening again.
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