SALEM — A parking lot tussle outside of the Black Lobster on Bridge Street turned into a scary moment for responding police officers during the early minutes of Thursday night.
Three were arrested: William Joseph Kennan, 24, 82 Webb St., Salem, charged with being disorderly and assault and battery; London Burton, 21, 7 Central St., Beverly, charged with being disorderly and resisting arrest and Matthew N. Pereira, 21, 64 Butler St., Salem, charged in being disorderly.
Officers were called at 12:56 a.m. and arrived to find a fight in the parking, with 50 to 75 people involved or watching. Two men were on the ground, but as police left their cruisers the pair stood and attempted to walk away. Efforts to make arrests, according to Lt. Mary Butler, brought protests from some onlookers and then some worrisome behavior.
“The crowd was sort of closing in the officers,” she explains.
Meanwhile, according to the police report, “While officers were on the ground attempting to place London Burton into handcuffs, Pereira was yelling and screaming.” Police say he was asked “multiple times” to leave before being arrested.
One of the men arrested suffered lacerations to his face and an officer suffered what’s believed to be a minor injury.
Responding to the incident were nearly a dozen officers, including patrolmen Dana Mazola, Robertson Troncoso, Joshua Gerrard, Karla Caldera, Brian Benson, Michael Ball, Sean Andrus, Rafael Gonzalez, Ryan Davis and his police dog and Sgt. John Doyle.