Officers Injured, Cars Damaged at UNH After Red Sox Win

Five students were arrested after bottles were thrown at police; pepper spray and pepper balls were used on students.

A photo of Wednesday night's riot at the University of New Hampshire. Courtesy: Cameron Johnson, TNHonline
A photo of Wednesday night's riot at the University of New Hampshire. Courtesy: Cameron Johnson, TNHonline
Five University of New Hampshire students were arrested for unruly behavior on Wednesday night after the Boston Red Sox won the World Series.

According to a press release issued by the school, the students were charged with disorderly conduct as police dispersed a crowd of about 3,000 people blocking Main Street following the Game 6 win. Several officers sustained minor cuts and several vehicles parked on Main Street received minor damage.

[Watch: Students Capture UNH Riot on Social Media]

Police said a crowd of about 1,000 people gathered in downtown Durham following the win, and the crowd quickly grew to about 3,000 people.

After about 20 minutes of celebrating that included cheering, fireworks and spraying liquids, police verbally asked multiple times that the crowd disperse so the street could reopen. As police started to approach, people in the crowd began throwing bottles and cans at the officers, and at that time pepper spray and pepper balls were used to move the crowd.

Arrested were: Michael J. McGillicuddy, 20, of Rockport, MA; Marisa A. Hardy, 21, of Nashua; Evan R. Orlando, 22, of Mansfield, MA; Justin Pimentel, 18, of Pelham; and Robert Lougee, 18, of Bow. They were each charged with one Class A misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct and are scheduled to appear in the Dover Division of 7th Circuit Court on Dec. 5.

Several students posted short videos of the riot on the social media site Vine, including this one from UNH freshman Thomas Chipman featuring a "Yankees Suck" chant.

Students were warned prior to the game that any student arrested during a time where there was a crowd gathered would be suspended on an interim basis and be subject to the court and UNH conduct systems.

The UNH and Durham police departments were assisted by officers from Laconia, Dover, the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office, state police, and the state Liquor Commission.

Similar incidents were reported on the campuses of Keene State College and Plymouth State University, according to WMUR.

In Boston, nine people were arrested for unruly behavior, according to the Boston Police Department's Twitter feed.

Steve Furbish October 31, 2013 at 08:27 AM
I'm a longtime Redsox fan, but rioting is not an acceptable form of celebration and those found to be the causing damage and throwing projectiles need to suffer some serious consequences. They should be expelled for the remainder of the year, pay restitution for any damages and do a short stint in jail.
Stu Hill October 31, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Typical Boston fans.
Richard Poulton October 31, 2013 at 10:33 AM
I bet their parents are just so proud. Not my boys, they were innocent. Police over-reacted. Their fault. Not my boys.
Dan Crabtree October 31, 2013 at 10:41 AM
typical democrat mob mentality...to be exspected..
Joe October 31, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Just arrested? They should be kicked out of UNH.
Edith Ann October 31, 2013 at 12:26 PM
So immature and silly, It's only a damn ballgame. Suppose to be fun, not violence. Come on people, act human or at least pretend to be, don't embarrass us in front of the animal kingdom.
Jane Aitken October 31, 2013 at 12:47 PM
Imagine if all that energy were spent saving their futures from the corrupt government.
Southpaw October 31, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Not surprised. People are morons. Instead of just acting mature and being psyched that we won, they had to tip over someone's car (who now has to file an ins. claim for the damage and probably incur increased premiums). Throwing stuff at cops...ya good way to incur a criminal record since you will be arrested. So much disrespect everywhere. They get whatever they deserve. If I were a hiring mgr., the minute I saw someone was arrested for something like that (or anything else) in their background check...no thanks....don't let the door hit you on the way out. Good luck, morons.
Tony Moschetti October 31, 2013 at 02:36 PM
the upside to the Sox not winning a World Series in nearly 100 years was no property damage or injured morons.
jenine October 31, 2013 at 06:54 PM
I don't get it. What does winning a game have to do with turning cars over, hurting police officers, etc? all it does is: it ruins the outcome of the game. Morons, their brains are less than .5% of a plant.
Revealer Reality October 31, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Liberalism is a violent cult in this nation. More like being in afghanistan the way kids of today are committing acts of violence upon people and property. Yet, they are the first ones to call on the police to protect them when they are under attack
Emily S October 31, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Not surprised at all from Boston, or any other Yankees really. Learn some friggen' manners, stop thinking the world revolves around you ! Why would you win something huge and then take it out on the police ? What a bunch of morons.
Apljak October 31, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Eejits! Unfortunately, it's not really too surprising! Technically, according to their "Right to Vote" in NH, aren't they all considered Dover residents? Stay Classy Dover!
mary glynn November 01, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Ummm this happened in NH a RED STATE. There was very little arrest in Boston or Massachusetts. So all you Dumb people Boston is NOT in New Hampshire. The kids were all proably republicians. Sorry you can't blame the people in Boston for this. As 99 1/2 behaved themselfs. MEmily maybe you should have some manner and look up a map. and see New hampshire is another state. Hey Emily I am sure you like us Yankees supporting yoursouthern state since we have to pay your bills. Maybe your state should pay the same as Us yankees. for every dollor your red states send to Washington You get back 2-3 dollars while us Yankees we get back 20 cents.. Oh yeah and when you have a disaster they first think you do is as us Yankees for help. Oh New hampshire is a republician state and any kids from MAss that go there are republicians
Jane Aitken November 01, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Unfortunately most vote for Democrats when they do it illegally.
James Robison November 01, 2013 at 07:17 AM
Perhaps it's time that we start penalizing the franchise cities for the actions of their citizens? Riots such as this would strip the city of the possibility of their team playing in the home city for any championship series. They could play, and be awarded titles, only in another city. After a while, the losses of revenue and the stigma associated with such prohibitions might make the other sports fans, the ones who act like adults, angry enough to stop such outbreaks.
Apljak November 01, 2013 at 12:56 PM
@mary, Let me correct you. Most native NH residents are Red staters. NH is becoming increasingly Purple due to idiots like these students who surprisingly have the right to vote in NH regardless of their home state as well as viral parasitic progressive sprawl from other states who set their sites on ruining this fine state! Save your breath comparing MA and NH You are trying to parrot simplistic and incorrect Liberal talking points! A great amount of people who are now responsible for destroying our state were people who got fed up with Taxachusetts but upon arriving to NH realized they still wanted all the creature comforts they had and imposed their wants and wishes on the NH natives!
Apljak November 01, 2013 at 12:59 PM
@James, Really?! What ever happened to accountability for one-self? Do you really think it is the responsibility of an innocent bystander to endanger themselves and try to stop a small gaing of violent bullies from engaging in idiotic pack-like behavior. Even the police were injured. Maybe the school should expel any and all that do things similarly in the future and also prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law! Or maybe the University can do a better job of instilling self-responsibility in its student body instead of the Liberal policies and programs that it currently supports!
Seamus Carty November 01, 2013 at 04:46 PM
"There was very little arrest in Boston or Massachusetts." "So all you Dumb people Boston is NOT in New Hampshire" Calling NH people dumb when you can't even write a correct sentence.... Can I buy a vowel?
Jack Harden November 02, 2013 at 03:57 PM
How utterly bizarre it is to politicize an event like this. I can no longer bear to read the inane vitriol and divisiveness in the comments of the Portsmouth Patch. Let the negative nellies attend to themselves.
Lincoln Dwyer November 02, 2013 at 05:44 PM
I can't help but agree with you, Jack. We'll never know the percentage of whom among the rioters are Liberal or Conservative. These riots happen in a lot of cities, and it's a shame. But it seems to be a conscious tradition. And for the most part it occurs among the young/college-age folks. (Can anyone of us remember our days in high school and college, when we did things we knew we shouldn't, but it was the craze, the social expectation?) This and other instances are the result of youthful indiscretions. Students drink too much, in college, or smoke weed. It is arguably a rite of passage which we all had opportunities to engage in when we were younger. I'm not excusing anything! And those arrested were possibly only the tip of the raucous iceberg. They should have to cope with a criminal record, however unfortunate for a young person just starting begin their lives, out of the family nest. Perhaps it may sober them up for the real challenges to come in life. Maybe they will be a source of discouragement toward future situations. But some people just have to learn lessons for themselves, the hard way. Consider who was involved. They are not yet mature, though the laws may say they are. Let's not disparage them completely, nor forcibly label those we don't know under a wet blanket of broadly inappropriate terms. [I know, I'm the last person to plead such a thing, since I've be rather rabid in the majority of my comments. But, I made peace recently.] Let's to view events in a calm, rational perspective. Sox RULE!!
Apljak November 02, 2013 at 09:51 PM
A little thin-skinned Jack? Lincoln, I agree with you! If there was something too egregious, violent or otherwise, I am all for prosecution. But if this is a drunken, disturbing the peace or "raising hell", then I don't see a need to burden someone with a lifelong criminal label that may in fact be disproportionate to the crime! Parade was cool today! Hope you got a chance to celebrate!
Steve Furbish November 03, 2013 at 11:13 AM
I suppose it might be easier to have that type of compassionate forgiveness unless you owned one of the damaged vehicles or were on the receiving end of one of the thrown projectiles? The burden of a lifelong criminal label is something one earns by engaging in riotous behavior. Youthful indiscretions can indeed earn one that label if a certain line is crossed.
Apljak November 03, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Steve, agreed. 'Nuff said!
Lincoln Dwyer November 03, 2013 at 09:27 PM
I'm sure those relatively few who suffered damage or injury would certainly have serious grievances, which will definitely be dealt legally. That legal system, here in NH, will possibly handle these crimes minimally (i.e. probation and financial restitution). I mean, they're not guilty of terrorism, for God's sake. At worst, some charge involving activity unwarranted toward police. Hopefully they're first-time offenders. And they'll learn an important lesson (from their parents, mostly). Any lifelong record will be minor, and age quickly in the eyes of everyone, except the most begrudging, and narrow-minded.


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