Unruly Tigers fans broke into historic Brush Park home before party ends early

Tigers fans broke into the Horace S. Tarbell House in Brush Park. By Steve Neavling.

Tigers fans broke into the Horace S. Tarbell House in Brush Park. Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

Every spring, unruly Tigers fans swarm Brush Park, one of Detroit’s oldest and most historically significant neighborhoods, to tailgate during Opening Day.

In April 2014, drunken fans set fire to a large, 103-year-old Victorian house known for its pioneering role in cancer treatment in the 1940s.

At 4 p.m. on Friday, unruly fans broke into the boarded-up Horace S. Tarbell House and began throwing bricks and other objects inside the 1869 Italiante-style home.

But the Opening Day party ended quickly because neighbors decided enough was enough this year. Pledging to protect the rebounding neighborhood, volunteers were on the look out for troublemakers and one of them spotted the break-in.

Police arrived quickly, arresting one of the trespassers and chasing away the others.

"No parking" signs were posted in Brush Park. Photo by Mark Hall.

“No parking” signs were posted in Brush Park. Photo by Mark Hall.

Volunteers also set up 50 trash cans around Brush Park and posted “No parking” signs to discourage tailgating.

In the past, fans left behind piles of garbage and broken glass. But this year, the neighborhoods was clean by the time fans flocked out of downtown.

“It was much different this year,” said Mark Hall, one of the volunteers. “You don’t have to trash neighborhoods to enjoy baseball.”

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • SirCoffeeaLot

    Same kind of stuff happens at the Thanksgiving Day parade every year and they leave mountains of trash behind. I mean how hard is it to take your own trash with you rather than throwing it all over the ground? Bring a damn trash bag you pigs. Mostly suburban pigs doing the trashing by the looks of them. Kudos to Brush Park residents for putting the brakes on this kind of piggy behavior.

  • Craig Berry

    The facts of this story are way off. No one threw bricks inside the house. Yes one person was arrested for taking a window weight from the house. The police took 45 minutes to get there and the party went on for an hour and a half after the police left. Not once did the police come over and run us off.

    • Donald E. Hodge

      So it would be ok if a bunch of Hells Angels came by your house and did this? you wouldn`t mind, right? because they love to party also.

      • Craig Berry

        I don’t charge people money to park in my yard. So it’s not like we were uninvited guests.

        • Donald E. Hodge

          So these people said to you ” As part of your 20 dollar parking fee, you can destroy the house in the back ground” ?

          • Craig Berry

            I give up! I guess because the great investigative reporter Steve Neavling says we destroyed this house we are guilty until proven innocent.

          • Donald E. Hodge

            Look man I am just saying people live there, and it does not even matter what you or I think of the area. it is some ones home. that word means the same to them as it does to you or I, that’s all I meant.

    • Harry Palmer

      You’re trespassing. You have no business on that property.
      Try that stunt in the ‘burbs, and see how well it goes over.

      • Craig Berry

        All I said was the facts were off. I respected the property, I did not go in the house. The people that did go in the house did not throw bricks or trash the inside. Yes one asshole took something from the house and he got what he deserved. The police never came over to our party and ran us off. They charge you to park on the property and Curt the guy that runs the lot said it was ok to go through the house.

        • Whitepine63

          good to know

        • Whitepine63

          good to know

      • javierjuanmanuel

        You did not get the message, its cool to trespass. Thats why the train station is tore up.

        Also graffiti is art.

    • Third World Detroit

      Nasty drunks.

      • Craig Berry

        That’s what the story indicates but I’m telling you that’s not how it was.

    • SirCoffeeaLot

      You are all disrespectful @ssholes who think you can trash the city at will. I hope you all choke to death on your crappy light beers.

      • Craig Berry

        You’re way off. We love the city. We’ve been parking in that lot since Ford Field opened. We pick up our trash and try and respect the property. Just because some lazy reporter writes a story without getting the facts straight we’re now a bunch of vandals who disrespect the city? I think not. Have another cup of coffee Mr. Hater. Try some decaf.

      • javierjuanmanuel

        Yes, thats trashing the city. Good one

      • javierjuanmanuel

        They cannot be bothered to even board all the windows.

        • Whitepine63

          The house is boarded up.

    • Whitepine63

      You may look like nice folks but you are extremely disrespectful to the neighborhood

    • Whitepine63

      Craig, Isn’t it a possibility, you do not know what all went on in the house. There appears to be a lot of folks in this photo. Were you in there the whole time? What gives any of you the right. How do you know if Curt was the owner? It is sickening to us that are trying to preserve the area. truly

  • banmar

    Neighborhood associations are going to be how the outlying residential areas not near Downtown and Midtown establish their new identities. The residents will control their area’s destinies, starting with activities like this.

    • Third World Detroit

      Without law enforcement and other basic services, Third World Detroit will continue in a death spiral. The conditions are worse than ever in the neighborhoods, and the deterioration is spreading.

      • Jerald Jackson

        shut the phuck up…the neighborhoods are turning around but you wouldn’t know that because you have to stop watch child porn to notice…

        • Third World Detroit

          Third World Detroit is WORSE THAN EVER. Since I live here, I’ll continue to speak out on the experience. You can tell whatever story makes you feel better. I prefer the truth.

          This isn’t World Star Hip Hop’s site.

          • Whitepine63

            Where do you live? not in that area. Change your neighborhood. turn it around do something productive stop whining

          • Third World Detroit

            No law enforcement here. I’m humping 4 properties in addition to my own. New Detroit isn’t tasked with law enforcement and plantation work, why should I be? This isn’t whining. It’s mentioning truth New Detroit doesn’t want out of the bag. Don’t worry. I’ll be leaving soon enough and dumping my house on the city. Several of my neighbors are also leaving for the same reasons. Y’all can keep the unpoliced criminals.

          • Whitepine63

            It starts out that way. We started in the Cass Corridor in 1978. We had no police force, they were more afraid then we were. We nickel and dimed everything. It may take time but maybe not as much as it did for us. Are you on the Eastside? That is a struggle if so, I do understand

      • Whitepine63

        You obviously have not been in Detroit lately

        • Third World Detroit

          I just pay property and resident income taxes here for the fun of it.

          • Donald E. Hodge

            you too?

        • Third World Detroit

          I just pay property and resident income taxes here for the fun of it.

    • Jerald Jackson

      the neighbor hoods don’t need new identities …palmer park, Rosedale park, university district,indian village, riverfront etc… when city services and leadership is corrupt and stagnant residential areas suffer. When was the last time you drove down livernois ?

      • Whitepine63

        I believe she meant the ones that do not have ids.

      • Whitepine63

        I believe she meant the ones that do not have ids.

      • banmar

        As I live in NJ, probably about three or four years ago. However, by “identity,” I mean resurgence, really, and removing the tarnish scrappers and arsonists have applied to neighborhood’s’ once-great names.

    • Jerald Jackson

      the neighbor hoods don’t need new identities …palmer park, Rosedale park, university district,indian village, riverfront etc… when city services and leadership is corrupt and stagnant residential areas suffer. When was the last time you drove down livernois ?

  • Vpprinces01

    They’re naughty little troublemakers carrying out tradition instead of thugs with a premeditated plan to destroy property. Lol. Expert writing!

  • CommonSenseInTheD

    Great work to the Detroit residents who stepped up to volunteer, organized, and carried out their ideas to keep their neighborhood blocks clean & historic gems protected from rude, drunk, ignorant visitors on Opening Day! Please stay home people if you cannot behave and be respectful in our City!

    • javierjuanmanuel

      Who says everone doing the above was a visitor ?

      What made you think that, based on the total people at the game and tailgaiting, combined with the sorry state detroiters keep detroit in, how did you gather it was visitors they need to keep at bay

    • javierjuanmanuel

      Who says everone doing the above was a visitor ?

      What made you think that, based on the total people at the game and tailgaiting, combined with the sorry state detroiters keep detroit in, how did you gather it was visitors they need to keep at bay

      • Jerald Jackson

        Because people have eyes ….stupid

        • javierjuanmanuel

          Nice answer retard. Try again. How do you know the 40 year old black guy with dirty cloths, and bad teeth is minding his own business, or waiting for you to turn around so he can go inside and shoot up drugs, and crap on the floor.

          How do you know a dirty smelly black woman at the bus stop is a detroit whore, or she is from say river rouge.

          If you cannot answer that, which you can’t because its impossible, you are the stupid one.

          You could not even look at 12 people in a row and tell me where they are from, and there was 80,000 people down there you jackhole

          • Jerald Jackson

            nice try…I already realize you are piece of shit trying squeeze in a few racist jokes. Nobody cares about your rant…

        • javierjuanmanuel

          Nice answer retard. Try again. How do you know the 40 year old black guy with dirty cloths, and bad teeth is minding his own business, or waiting for you to turn around so he can go inside and shoot up drugs, and crap on the floor.

          How do you know a dirty smelly black woman at the bus stop is a detroit whore, or she is from say river rouge.

          If you cannot answer that, which you can’t because its impossible, you are the stupid one.

          You could not even look at 12 people in a row and tell me where they are from, and there was 80,000 people down there you jackhole

  • Third World Detroit

    Police arrived quickly to service the white people.

    • Whitepine63

      so stupid Third World Detroit.. so stupid…I happen to know black folks own that property. I have been living in that area for 40 years I know everyone that has lived and struggled with these properties probably since before you were born

      • Third World Detroit

        You know as well as I do that the DPD is swarming all over New Detroit and providing no service in the neighborhoods. We all know this truth. The DPD has even ceased denying it.

    • Whitepine63

      so stupid Third World Detroit.. so stupid…I happen to know black folks own that property. I have been living in that area for 40 years I know everyone that has lived and struggled with these properties probably since before you were born

  • banmar

    WTF? I’m from Philadelphia, where this type of disrespectful fan behavior is the norm, but trashing abandoned historical gems while downing Natty Lite before the game? I had always heard Tigers fans were classier.

    • Christian Kassel

      From who?

      • SnowStormsinDetroit

        Egggzzzackly

      • banmar

        Tigers fans who just do the normal tailgate/sports bar thing pre-game.

        A Jersey tailgate story: when the Nets still played at the Meadowlands and made the playoffs right after 9/11, some chump who actually went to a Nets playoff game put a still-hot hibachi in their trunk for anticipated playoff-win festivities. When his car blew up in the second quarter, it elicited an almost full-scale terrorist-attack response to the Meadowlands parking lot. Once it was figured out that it was just a jerk who didn’t understand that car trunk + hot hibachi = explosion that destroys 15 cars plus his, after everyone gave a sigh of relief (because the cars of Nets fans are a terrorist target?), it just kind of gave an extra chest-thump to the Nets’ win, in that weird, damn-we’re-still-alive kind of way.

  • truth hurst

    Obvious white people are obvious

    • javierjuanmanuel

      How did you know they were white, because they were not squatting, and living in garbage, crapping in buckets ?

      • Donald E. Hodge

        Javier stop man,your too much.

  • javierjuanmanuel

    “Police arrived quickly, arresting one of the trespassers and chasing away the others.”

    Someone needs to make a flow chart for young people, especially visitors and apparently based on age, income, race, etc where you are allowed to break into, when its cool, when its a right of passage, when its “art”, when its the worst thing in the world etc.

    Why is it cool to break into the train station, or the packard plant, or some non descript storefront on mack, warren, gratiot, harper, van dyke, but not a house in Brush park. Breaking into a house near alter does not get you in the paper if you are a young black man, nor 3 black girls breaking into a closed school ?

    I am aware of the concept from the train station that its the owners job, 24/7 365 to keep everyone out, if they fail, its their own fault, and they get what they deserve.

    So why not shame the owner for not keeping these kids out ?

    • Stephen

      You want a flow chart?

      Is the property yours?
      Yes) Do as you wish.
      No) Leave it alone.

      • javierjuanmanuel

        I agree, i get flack for suggesting the same to people at the train station, the packard plant, old theatres, etc.

      • javierjuanmanuel

        I agree, i get flack for suggesting the same to people at the train station, the packard plant, old theatres, etc.

      • javierjuanmanuel

        Name three people shammed for going in the train station or packard plant.

        The media makes it out to be fun, artistic, right of passage.

        Whats the difference here?

        The owner of this brush park home does not care enough to even board all the windows up. The home is open to the elements