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From top left, Joshua Perry, 23; Brian Perry, 18; E. Allan Perry, 45; Damian Perry, 18; Ashley Perry, 20 were arrested by Salem police on Monday. COURTESY 

Vt. family arrested at Canobie Lake Park after altercation with police over knives

SALEM – A family of five from Vermont was arrested at Canobie Lake Park Monday for allegedly attacking two police officers, sending one of them to a local hospital with a shoulder injury.

The family was told by park security officers that knives they were carrying on their belts had to be left in their car and could not be taken into the park, police said.

An argument about the knives prompted two police officers assigned to a park detail to respond to the front gate about 12:30 p.m.

Police warned one family member who they said was yelling profanities to calm down. After several warnings, he was told he was under arrest, police said.

Police moved in to handcuff the man, prompting the remaining family members to attack the officers by jumping on their backs, punching and kicking and grabbing for their weapons, police said.

The melee set off a larger police response. Once back-up officers arrived, the mother of the family faked a seizure, police said. She was examined by paramedics and released at the scene.

Those arrested were:

Joshua Perry, 23, of Sutton, Vt., charged with felony riot, resisting arrest, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. He was held this morning on $5,000 cash bail pending his arraignment.

Brian Perry, 18, of Lyndonville, Vt., charged with felony riot, simple assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. He was also held on $5,000 bail.

E. Allan Perry, 45, of Lyndon, Vt., charged with felony riot, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, second-degree assault and criminal trespassing. He was held on $5,000 cash bail.

Damian Perry, 18, of Lyndonville, Vt., charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing. He was released on $5,000 cash bail.

Ashley Perry, 20, of Sutton, Vt., charged with disorderly conduct and criminal tresspassing. She was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail.

Arraignments for those held overnight on cash bail are expected Tuesday morning in 10th Circuit Court, Salem Division.

Trace Adkins
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