Lebanon Reporter

June 17, 2014

Family members charged with rioting at amusement park


CNHI News Service

SALEM, N.H. — Five members of a Vermont family were arrested following a dust-up at the front gate of a popular New Hampshire amusement park.

Two police officers were injured in the melee at Canobie Lake Park, which apparently started after members of the Perry family were asked to remove knives they had strapped to their belts before entering the park, according to Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten.

After members of the park’s security detail made the request, one man started loudly cursing the officers in front of many other park guests, including several children, Patten said.

Joshua Perry, 23, of Sutton, N.H., was told he was under arrest, but when an officer tried to handcuff him, Perry became combative. Then, other family members got involved. Some threw punches and jumped on officers’ backs and others kicked and grabbed for the officers’ weapons, Patten said.

Soon, more police arrived at the scene and brought the fight under control.

In addition to Joshua Perry, those placed under arrest were:

Joshua Perry was held overnight on $5,000 cash bail. He faces a felony charge of rioting, resisting arrest with serious injury resulting, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

Information for this story was reported by The North Andover (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune.