Sarah Palin and Family Reportedly Involved in Brawl at Party
09/13/2014 AT 05:40 PM EDT
"[Bristol] was punching [another man] in the face like six times; it was an assault if I've ever seen one," Eric Thompson, a guest at the celebration, told ABC News, adding, "It wasn’t a light punch either. She was really hitting him."
The Washington Post" reports that the Palins arrived at the house party in a stretch Hummer limousine, and "it wasn't long after that things started going horribly wrong," one guest tells Alaska political blogger Amanda Coyne.
Guests told Coyne that the melee began when the former vice presidential candidate's eldest son, Track, 25, allegedly confronted his sister Willow's ex-boyfriend, who was a guest at the shindig. When the host of the party, Korey Klingenmeyer, tried to break up the skirmish, Thompson told Coyne that 23-year-old Bristol "stood straight up, brought her arm back and cold-cocked him right in the face."
Another guest claims that's when the former governor channeled her inner pitbull, shouting profanities and "nearly crawling on top of people" to get into the fight.
At one point, guests reportedly heard Sarah scream, "Don't you know who I am?" to which someone in the crowd replied, "This isn't some damned Hillbilly reality show!"
By the time the Palins climbed back into their limo, sources told the Washington Post that Track had lost a tooth and the Palin family patriarch, Todd – who was celebrating his 50th birthday that day and, according to The New York Times, was also said to have gotten involved in the skirmish – was bleeding from the nose.
Police were called to the scene, and the Anchorage Police Department said in a statement to the Times that "alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the incident" and the investigation was continuing. Although no charges have been filed yet, the police department's communications director Jennifer Castro confirms to The Immoral Minority blog that the case is currently "under investigation."
The Palin family is not commenting on the widespread reports of the fight but in a Facebook message the day after the alleged altercation Sarah said she was posting her husband's birthday greeting a day late because she'd been "traveling" on Saturday, the day of the party.