Arrests follow party where rape, thefts, underage drinking reported


PORTSMOUTH — A Fourth of July party at a Bay View Avenue house led to a number of reports to police, one from a woman who said she was raped, and the arrest this week of two brothers who police say were hosting the party.

Police said the rape victim, a 21-year-old woman, told them she was assaulted by a 19-year-old man at the party. That accusation was still under investigation as of Monday.

Several incidents led police to that party in the early morning hours of July 5 at the 2 Bayview Ave. home of Tyler B. Gammons, 22, and Connor B. Gammons, 23.

A Bristol Ferry Road resident reported someone knocking loudly on his door late at night. When police arrived, they found a 17-year-old boy who had driven there from, he told them, a party on Bay View Avenue. Family Court charges for drunk driving and underage possession of alcohol are pending against that juvenile.

At the party, reportedly attended by as many as 100 people drawn there by a Facebook event post by Connor Gammons, police said they found people drinking Gatorade mixed with alcohol as well as other alcoholic beverages.

Later came reports of larceny. Connor Gammons reported that his watch, worth over $5,000, had been stolen after he had gone to sleep. He later declined to discuss the theft, saying he had hired an attorney.

A guest, who police said was wearing a cast and using crutches, reported the theft of a backpack whose contents included Oxycontin and Oxycodine pills, for which he said he had a prescription.

On Wednesday, July 9, police charged both Connor and Tyler Gammons with procuring alcohol for minors.

Both are free on personal recognizance awaiting a court appearance in Second Division District Court. The investigation into the party and the rape allegations are ongoing.



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