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Over 20 Officers Called to Tame White Plains Club

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. --  Police attempting to arrest a clubber outside Cabo Lounge early Sunday morning were forced to call for backup after a crowd of close to 30 attendees reportedly tried to prevent the arrest. Three were arrested when more than 20 officers finally left the 120 Mamaroneck Ave. nightclub.

Police said they noticed two White Plains residents arguing after a 2:20 a.m. fire alarm forced Cabo to evacuate. According to police reports, Leron Sowells, 32, shoved a female attendee six times. She allegedly pushed back and the two began arguing.

An officer reportedly tried to restrain Sowells and the woman he’d been fighting with allegedly grabbed an officer’s arm and told police he hadn’t done anything. She was then restrained.

Police said that when they told Sowells he was under arrest, he allegedly pushed his legs against the pavement and swung his arms near an officer’s head.

He was then reportedly restrained on the ground where a crowd of nearly 30 clubgoers tried to stop the arrest. According to police reports, several "disorderly" attendees convinced the officers they were outnumbered and unsafe. Police reportedly called for backup and dispersed the crowd by taking out a baton and pepper spray can.

More than 20 officers soon arrived. Police formed a circle around the officers arresting Sowells to prevent interference from the crowd. Sowells was brought to police headquarters and charged with one count of resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, and one count of disorderly conduct.

Meanwhile, Lachena Leonard, 27, a White Plains resident, allegedly tried to push through the officers surrounding Sowells, saying, “He didn’t do anything. You can’t arrest him.”

Police restrained Leonard, who, according to police reports, responded by pushing her chest against an officer, saying, “I am a girl. You can’t touch me. Get out of my way.”

Officers handcuffed Leonerd. Then her brother, Dwayne Leonard, 23, of West Harrison, allegedly tried to pull the officer arresting Lachena Leonard away from her by tugging at the officer's back collar.

Both Dwayne and Lachena Leonard were brought to headquarters and charged with one count of second-degree obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor.

Police said they never learned how Sowells knew the woman he was arguing with. However, they said they did receive an apology from Sowells, who told an officer, “I’m sorry, man. If I tried to hit you or whatever, I didn’t mean that. I work for the county,” according to police reports.

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