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Seven people arrested after fight at Block Island ferry terminal

PROVIDENCE – Police arrested seven people, including a juvenile, after a fight at the Block Island Ferry docks in Narragansett, RI, on Saturday evening.

At 8:12 p.m., shortly after the ferry returned from Block Island, Narragansett Police responded to the Block Island Ferry dock on Great Island Road in Narragansett after receiving a report that 20 to 30 individuals were “actively fighting.” Officer Brandon Gagnon was first on the scene and immediately called for backup, Narragansett Chief Sean Corrigan said.

As officers made arrests, “numerous individuals” began interfering and were warned to stand back or face arrest for obstruction as well, police said in a news release Sunday morning.

Manuel Pina, 42, of Brockton, Massachusetts, was arrested and charged with assault, resisting arrest, obstructing an officer in the execution of his duty and disorderly conduct. Elsa Lopes, 31, of Brockton, Massachusetts, was arrested and charged with simple assault, resisting arrest, obstructing an officer in the execution of duty and disorderly conduct.

Victor Manuel Gomes Depina, 39, of Brockton, Massachusetts, was arrested and charged with obstructing an officer in the execution of his duty and disorderly conduct. Michael Gomes Lopes, 36, of Brockton, Massachusetts, was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Henry Lopes Jr., 32, of Providence was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Gilda Antunes, 28, of Brockton, Massachusetts, was arrested and charged with obstructing an officer in the execution of his duty.

An unidentified 16-year-old was also arrested and charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.

Seven people, including one juvenile, were arrested after fighting on the Block Island Ferry on Saturday, June 15, 2024. Pictured, top row, from left: Gilda Antunes, Henry Lopes Jr., Michael Gomes. Bottom row, from left: Victor Manuel Gomes Depina, Elsa Lopes, Manuel Pina. The arrested boy is not in the photo.Photo courtesy of the Narragansett Police Department

It is unclear whether the people knew each other and how the argument started. The Narragansett Police Department has denied the Globe’s request to see the responding officers’ incident reports. The seven individuals are expected to be arraigned Monday in Narragansett District Court, 4th Division.

Two unidentified individuals were also transported by ambulance to nearby hospitals and treated for injuries sustained during the fight.

The incident comes less than two years after a rowdy reggae festival at Ballard’s Beach Resort on Block Island led to brawls on the resort grounds, with fights also taking place in the city and on overnight ferries back to the mainland. The altercations led to several arrests, and some attendees filed suit against Ballard’s and the ferry company in August, claiming the events were out of control.

This is a current news item and will be updated.


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