Two Fairfield Men Arrested After Harassing Cops At Beach Boys Concert

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John Henry Bambach, 19, of 161 Lamplighter Lane was charged with one count each of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, second degree breach of peace and underage possession of alcohol following a disturbance at the Beach Boys concert.
John Henry Bambach, 19, of 161 Lamplighter Lane was charged with one count each of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, second degree breach of peace and underage possession of alcohol following a disturbance at the Beach Boys concert. Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department
Brendan Salese, 20, of 60 Aspen Wood Lane, was charged with one count each of second-degree breach of peace, interfering with an officer and possession of less than four ounces of marijuana following a disturbance at the Beach Boys concert Thursday.
Brendan Salese, 20, of 60 Aspen Wood Lane, was charged with one count each of second-degree breach of peace, interfering with an officer and possession of less than four ounces of marijuana following a disturbance at the Beach Boys concert Thursday. Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Two drunken but underage Fairfield men were arrested after they caused a disturbance at the Beach Boys concert at Alive@Five in Stamford on Thursday night, police said.

One of the men punched a police officer and both of them bragged that their lawyer fathers would sue officers, police said. They also taunted police about how much money they earn, police said.

John Henry Bambach, 19, of 161 Lamplighter Lane, was charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, second-degree breach of peace and underage possession of alcohol. Bond for him was set at $5,000.

Brendan Salese, 20, of 60 Aspen Wood Lane, was charged with second-degree breach of peace, interfering with an officer and possession of less than four ounces of marijuana. He was released on a promise to appear in court.

The incident started shortly after 6 p.m. when concert security told officers about two young men who were denied entry because they were drunk and one of them refused to hand over a Snapple bottle, police said. Bottles and other items are not allowed into the outdoor concert venue.

The man with the bottle, who officers said was Bambach, was slurring his words and swaying, police said. Officers began to question him, but Bambach walked away as did Salese, police said. However, Bambach stopped, turned back to the officers and started verbally abusing them and saying they had no right to question him, police said. 

Sgt. Kelly Connelly said Bambach then took a swing at an officer, striking him in the shoulder and jaw. Officers quickly grabbed Bambach, handcuffed him and started to walk him out of the area, Connelly said. Salese then approached the officers and began abusing them, police said. He was quickly handcuffed, and both young men were led away and placed in a police car, police said.

But that was not the end of the incident, police said.

Bambach began spitting and slamming his head into the plastic partition separating the front and back seats of the cruiser, police said. Salese and Bambach said their fathers are well-known lawyers who would sue them, told the officers they didn't know who they were dealing with and questioned how much money they made, Connelly said.

At police headquarters, Bambach refused to provide officers with information or gave them wrong information, Connelly said, until eventually cooperating.

A third concertgoer, Angela Ciambriello, 18, of 76 Tetter Rock, Trumbull, was charged with breach of peace.

But about a dozen other underage drinkers detained by police at the concert maintained their composure and avoided criminal charges.

Capt. Thomas Wuennemann said officers offered them the opportunity to call their parents if they remained calm. They took advantage of the offer and were picked up by parents throughout the evening and into the night, Wuennemann said.

Eight medical calls were made at the concert, with a half-dozen for underage drinkers who were sent to Stamford Hospital for observation, he said. The drinkers arrived at the concert already heavily intoxicated and were turned away by security, he said.

“The problem was that a lot of people walked off the train very drunk,” Wuennemann said.

The outdoor concert, the last of the Alive@Five events for the summer, saw people turned away after the fire marshal said there were already 9,000 people inside the outdoor venue, Wuennemann said.

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Republicans are all filthy scum and criminals like Rick Perry and John Rowland

These kids are scum but political affiliation has nothing to do with it. It's just as easy to say that ghetto trashy people who milk the system of Medicaid are all Democrats... Oh wait, they are....

Those of you at The Daily Voice should be ashamed of yourselves-this is your top news story for today?? This is a story about an afternoon gone bad. The media doesn't have a care about how they exploit the families who are struggling to get through a rough situation, the worry and heartache that is part of being a parent when your son or daughter makes a mistake. Obviously none of you have been in their shoes, think twice before you write a big headline that makes the already difficult situation that much worse.

What type of stories would you rather see? The old, run of the mill, minority from Bridgeport shoplifts at Kohls or Stop and Stop? How about a nice, quiet DUI story when some rich, middle-aged drunk gets stopped on Post Rd? Sounds like they all had bad mornings, afternoons, and evenings too. I doubt you gave a hang when you read those stories. What makes these idiots any different? Sounds like they earned their way nicely on to the police blotter
Assaulting an officer is a pretty big charge for the Fairfield blotter. Maybe if it were just a fake id, or an open container, you could belittle the significance, but not in this case

"An afternoon gone bad"?!! Nooooo,really??? This self important,yuppie,Greenfield Hill punk assaulted a cop,went berserk in the cop car,then made a scene at headquarters.He was swaying drunk. Back in the good old days this punk would have had his head slapped.This .privileged little punk is trouble,and so is his friend.

A couple of young smart ass,.punks."My daddy makes more than you do". They should send these punks to North end jail for a couple nights,getting .their butts reamed out by Bubba.Lets see how smart you are then.The Bambach punk just tossed his future away with the cop assault charge.Daddy must be so proud.