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Manchester police arrest 8 juveniles following fights in city parks

New Hampshire Union Leader

June 11. 2018 11:08PM

MANCHESTER — City police arrested eight juveniles Monday night on misdemeanor riot and resisting arrest charges, following fights in at least two city parks.

Manchester police said the youths were reportedly swinging sticks, throwing rocks, and shouting the phrase “Bike Life” while filming themselves as officers pursued them.

According to Manchester Police Sgt. Chris Biron, around 8:05 p.m. Monday night officers were dispatched to the area of the Sheridan Emmett Park to investigate a report of a large group of kids threatening an adult male and fighting. Upon arrival officers encountered a large number of juveniles on bicycles that fled the area.

After a brief investigation police determined the group was acting disorderly and the adult male was able to fend the group off. The adult male declined to pursue any criminal charges, police said.

Around 8:52 p.m. police received multiple calls in the area of 207 Pine St. reporting a fight. A group of 20 to 30 juveniles were reportedly fighting, with weapons possibly involved.

Police reported seeing what appeared to be a juvenile male being beaten with a stick by another group of juveniles. The officers attempted to intervene at which point the juveniles began to run or ride their bikes away from the scene. Officers engaged in a foot pursuit and eventually arrested a juvenile male in the area of Summer Street.

Several other units arrived and attempted to detain other individuals involved. Biron said the officers encountered disorderly behavior and riot-like conditions. Reports were received of juveniles throwing rocks at buildings and swinging scooters and sticks around like weapons at “anyone that tried to intervene,” according to a news release.

Several police foot pursuits followed, and a total of eight juveniles were arrested on charges of misdemeanor riot and resisting arrest. Thy were processed and released to parents or guardians.

No further information was available Monday night.

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