Family charged in alleged Canobie Lake Park melee released on bailBy JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
July 31. 2014 9:44PM
BRENTWOOD — Three members of a Vermont family charged with riot for an alleged scuffle with police at Canobie Lake Park have been freed from jail after their arrests in Salem.
E. Allen Perry, 45, of Lyndon, Vt., was released from the Rockingham County jail on $1,000 cash bail and barred from the Salem-based amusement park while the case is pending.
He was freed following a July 21 bail hearing in Rockingham County Superior Court requested by his public defender James Reis.
His sons, Joshua Perry, 23, and Brian Perry, 18, have also been freed from the county jail on bail, according to jail records.
The trio was initially held on $10,000 cash bail after a Salem circuit court judge found that there was enough evidence supporting their June 16 arrest. They face several charges, including felony riot, second-degree assault and resisting arrest. Police arrested five family members in the incident.
Perry and his two sons are accused of scuffling with Salem police officers after being told they had to leave the park.
E. Allen Perry demanded a refund for his admission ticket and refused to leave the park after being told to put a knife he was carrying back in his car, according to prosecutors. A park staffer had given Perry a business card to call about a refund at a later time. Joshua Perry was also told to either leave or be arrested after he swore at police officers dealing with his father, police said. E. Allen Perry allegedly confronted officers about arresting his son, but defense lawyers contend he was only trying to speak with police.
Once the altercation became physical, Brian Perry allegedly grabbed a police officer by the waist along with the officer’s utility belt, which held a gun and Taser, according to police.Footage of the incident was captured by security cameras at Canobie Lake Park.
The three cases are now being reviewed by the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office. The charges could be brought before a grand jury for possible indictment.
Two other family members are facing misdemeanor charges for the alleged melee: Damian Perry, 18, of Lyndonville, Vt., and Ashley Perry, 20, of Sutton, Vt., were each charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing.