'Bike life!' - Manchester police arrest 8 teens for riot, resisting after evening mayhemBy PAUL FEELY AND MARK HAYWARD
New Hampshire Union Leader
June 12. 2018 10:20AM
MANCHESTER — City police arrested eight juveniles Monday night on misdemeanor riot and resisting arrest charges, following fights in at least two city parks with some shouting “Bike life!” as a rallying cry.
Manchester police said the youths were reportedly swinging sticks, throwing rocks, and shouting the phrase “Bike Life” while filming themselves as officers pursued them.
Police rarely disclose information about juvenile arrests, but did so after the Union Leader requested the ages, genders and charges of those taken into custody. State law prohibits officials from disclosing the identity of anyone arrested under the age of 18.
All were male and all were charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. All but two -- a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old -- were charged with riot. Two were 17, one was 16, three were 15 and two were 14.
According to Manchester Police Sgt. Chris Biron, about 8:05 p.m. Monday night officers were dispatched to the area of the Sheridan Emmett Park to investigate a large group of kids reportedly threatening an adult male and fighting. When police arrived they encountered a large number of juveniles fleeing the area on bicycles.
Police determined the group of juveniles was acting disorderly and the adult male had fended them off, but he declined to pursue criminal charges.
Then at 8:52 p.m. police received multiple calls reporting a brawl in the area of 207 Pine St. involving a group of 20 to 30 juveniles, some with weapons.
Police arrived to find a juvenile male being beaten with a stick by a group of teens. When officers attempted to intervene the group bolted, some on foot and others on bikes. Officers gave chase and eventually arrested a teen in the area of Summer Street.
More police cruisers arrived and officers attempted to detain other individuals believed to have been involved.
Sgt. 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.
A total of eight boys were arrested on charges of misdemeanor riot and resisting arrest. They were processed and released to their parents or guardians.