Amusement Park Brawl Breaks Out When Family Refuses to Give Up Their Weapons

Towels, sunscreen, wallet, and, oh yeah, knives -- just a few of the things you need to bring with you when you take a trip to a family-friendly amusement park, right? One family of five apparently thought so and reportedly became violent and disruptive when police at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire, told them to leave their hunting knives in their car.

The Perry family, who had traveled from their home in northern Vermont to the popular park, arrived in the early afternoon and were greeted by park security guards. The guards noticed the knives on some of the family members' belts and reminded them they weren't allowed to bring the weapons inside. The family refused, at which point all hell pretty much broke loose.


Police say Joshua Perry, 23, began cursing loudly at the guards in front of a large crowd of children and their parents. Two police officers working in the park noticed the son was causing chaos and approached him with the intention of arresting him. When they tried to handcuff him, Perry's family members allegedly jumped on the backs of the officers, punched and kicked them, and even tried to steal their weapons.

More cops then arrived at the scene, which reportedly prompted Mama Perry to fake a seizure, police say.

When all was said and done, two officers were injured, including one who suffered a dislocated shoulder. Those arrested included:

Joshua, who was charged with felony riot, resisting arrest with serious injury, trespassing, and disorderly conduct.

Brian Perry, 18, charged with felony riot, assault, and resisting arrest.

E. Allen Perry, 45, who was charged with felony riot, felony assault, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

Damian Perry, 18, charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Ashley Perry, 20, charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing.

With the exception of Damian and Ashley, who were both released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond, the other family members are being held on $5,000 cash bail.

Thank goodness no one was seriously hurt here, especially given the fact that this took place in a park packed with children. But that doesn't make this story any less perplexing. You have to wonder if anyone in this family has heard of picking and choosing battles carefully. And perhaps a better question to ask: How long before this family is offered its own reality TV show?

Why do you think this family went to such extreme lengths to be able to keep their knives inside of the park?


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