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Vermont family charged after Canobie Lake Park riot

Five members of a Vermont family assaulted police officers during a melee that erupted when security guards at an amusement park told them to leave their knives in the car, the Salem police said yesterday.

The fracas started about 1:30 p.m. Monday when the Perry family tried to enter Canobie Lake Park. Some of the family members had knives on their belts and they were told they couldn’t bring them into the park.

The family became belligerent and eventually two Salem officers responded to quell the disturbance. The family became more irate, yelling profanities at the officers in front of other visitors.

After several verbal warnings, an officer told one man he was under arrest and tried to handcuff him, leading to the fight that included people jumping on the backs of the officers, punching, kicking and grabbing for their weapons. Two officers were injured, including one who was treated at a hospital for a dislocated shoulder.

As backup officers arrived, the mother of the family faked a seizure, the police said. She was examined by paramedics and released at the scene.

Those arrested include Joshua Perry, 23, of Sutton, who was charged with felony riot, resisting arrest with serious injury, trespassing and disorderly conduct. He was held on $5,000 cash bail. Brian Perry, 18, of Lyndonville, was charged with felony riot, assault and resisting arrest. He was held on $5,000 cash bail.

E. Allen Perry, 45, of Lyndon, was charged with felony riot, felony assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was held on $5,000 cash bail. Damian Perry, 18, of Lyndonville, was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing. He was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond. Ashley Perry, 20, of Sutton, was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing. She was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

It was not immediately clear whether any of them had lawyers.

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