Vt. Family Charged After Melee at NH Amusement Park
SALEM, N.H. (WGGB) — Five family members have been arrested after police say they allegedly caused a melee at a New Hampshire amusement park.
Salem, N.H. Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten says that the incident started around 1:30 p.m. Monday at Canobie Lake Park.
Police say that prior to being admitted to the park, park security officers told members of a family from Vermont that they were not allowed to bring in knives that they were reportedly carrying on their belts and to return those knives to their vehicle.
Several members of that family reportedly became “extremely belligerent,” Patten explains, adding that two Salem Police officers working a detail at the park then responded.
A male family member then reportedly became even more angry, began yelling profanities in front of park guests, and was warned several times that he risked being arrested.
That man was subsequently arrested, and while trying to handcuff him, he allegedly began fighting with a Salem Police officer.
“Several of the family members then attacked both Officers, including jumping on the backs of the Officers, punching and kicking them, and grabbing for their weapons. During the attack and fight, other family members were yelling profanities at the officers,” Patten explains.
Officers radioed for backup and additional units arrived to help quell the melee.
Two Salem Police officers were injured – one suffered from bumps, bruises, scrapes, and cuts, while the other suffered a serious shoulder injury. WMUR-TV reports that that second officer may require rotator cuff surgery.
In the end, five family members were arrested, including:
- Joshua Perry, 23, of Sutton, Vt. – Charged with felony riot, resisting arrest with serious injury, criminal trespassing, and disorderly conduct
- Brian Perry, 18, of Sutton, Vt. – Charged with felony riot, simple assault on a police officer, and resisting arrest
- E. Allen Perry, 45, of Sutton, Vt. – Charged with felony riot, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, second degree assault, and criminal trespass
- Damian Perry, 18, of Lyndonville, Vt. – Charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass
- Ashley Perry, 20, of Sutton, Vt. – Charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass
Patten adds that when those additional officers arrived, “the mother of the family faked a seizure.” That woman was checked out by paramedics at the scene and released.
WMUR-TV adds that Joshua, Brian, and E. Allen Perry were all arraigned Tuesday and were ordered held on $10,000 cash-only bail. They also declined a court appointed lawyer.
Damian and Ashley Perry were released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail.