'Riot Like Conditions': 8 Teens Arrested in Manchester for Late-Night Fights
Manchester police were busy Monday night after responding to calls about a large group of teenagers causing trouble.
Manchester police arrived at Sheridan-Emmett Park, near the JFK Memorial Coliseum just after 10 p.m. Monday night after a report of a large group of kids threatening a male and fighting. The group took off on bicycles and police spoke to the adult man, who declined to press charges.
A short time later, police received several calls about a group of kids, estimated at 20-30 juveniles, fighting near 207 Pine St., just a short distance away from the park. The first two arriving officers saw one juvenile being beaten with a stick by a group of kids. The officers intervened and the group began to disperse on bicycles and foot. One juvenile was detained as backup arrived.
Officers say they encountered "riot like conditions" and disorderly behavior that included suspects throwing rocks at buildings and "swinging scooters and sticks around like weapons."
As police were trying to detain the suspects, several of them were recording themselves with cellphones shouting "bike life," according to officials.
In total, eight juveniles ranging from 14-17 years old were arrested and charged with varying degrees of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and inciting a riot.
Because of their age, their identities were not released.