June 04–Eight people were arrested Friday and charged with involvement in a large brawl at a carnival held last weekend by Mulligan’s Island Golf and Entertainment Center, according to Cranston Police Chief Michael J. Winquist.
By the time police arrived at the carnival on May 28, nearly everyone involved in the fight had fled, Winquist said in a news release. The only exception was a 16-year-old girl who had a significant cut to her forehead.
An investigation has determined that the fight happened when two feuding groups crossed paths at the carnival on New London Avenue, said Winquist, who added that he expects more arrests and referred to the brawl as “barbaric.”
“Such conduct will not be tolerated in Cranston and will lead to arrest,” Winquist said. “I commend those citizens who assisted our detectives with this investigation, so that those responsible will be held accountable for their actions.”
The police investigation, he said, revealed that the fight involved groups from Coventry and West Warwick who are involved in an ongoing feud. By working with witnesses and reviewing video of the incident, which went viral on the Internet, detectives found Wilson Rivera, 18, of 7 Bristol Road, Newport. He is accused of hitting the girl with a weapon, believed to have been brass knuckles, says the news release.
Rivera was arrested Friday and charged with felony assault, possession of a weapon other than a firearm, and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned in District Court, Kent County, where he was ordered held on a probation violation.
Tayla Barreira, 18, of 60 Perry Hill Road, Coventry, and Patrick Perkins, 19, of 2 Border St., West Warwick, have been charged with disorderly conduct.
The police also have charged five juveniles, who range in age from 15 to 17 and live in West Warwick or Coventry.
By Mark Reynolds, The Providence Journal, R.I.
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