Watch: Timeline of events that led to fight on Block Island ferry
BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. (WLNE) — Here’s the timeline of events that unfolded on Block Island on Monday — leading to the arrest of seven people on the ferry after a fight.
6:30 p.m. at Ballard’s Beach Resort:
Rhode Island State Police said troopers responded to a disturbance at Ballard’s Beach Resort, where Reggae Fest was being held.
A viewer captured on camera the moments a fight broke out at the bar involving numerous people.
State police said Jacob Dorbor, 30, of Providence was arrested for disorderly conduct in connection to the fight.
“People on top of one another, there wasn’t anything that was comfortable to where you could enjoy the music, it was body on body,” said tourist Kim Schmeling, about the overcrowding at the fest.
The bar was also one of six to recently be busted for serving alcohol to underage teenagers, according to a report by New Shoreham police.
9:35 p.m. at ferry terminal:
Officers from the U.S. Coast Guard, Narragansett, North Kingstown, and South Kingstown responded to Narragansett for a fight on a ferry back from Block Island.
Several law enforcement members were seen on camera hopping onto the ferry.
Arrests after Block Island ferry docks:
Video obtained by ABC 6 shows at least three people being escorted off the ferry in handcuffs.
State police said Tuesday that a total of seven people were arrested:
- Michael Carvalho, age 26, of Providence, was arraigned on the charge of disorderly conduct — fighting/tumultuous behavior
- Laurie R. Cassandra, age 30, of Providence, was arraigned on the charge of obstructing an officer in the execution of duty
- Chevron R. Towns, age 20, of Providence, was arraigned on the charge of weapons other than firearms prohibited
- Abdou Njie, age 37, of Pawtucket, was arraigned on the charge of disorderly conduct — fighting/tumultuous behavior
- Trent Manning, age 32, of Providence, was arraigned on the charge of disorderly conduct — fighting/tumultuous behavior
- Deavon Silva, age 20, of Pawtucket, was arraigned on the charge of disorderly conduct — fighting/tumultuous behavior
- Miguel G. Silva, age 36, of Pawtucket, was arraigned on the charge of disorderly conduct — fighting/tumultuous behavior
At least four people were injured and one person was also taken to the hospital with facial injuries, said Narragansett Fire Capt. Kevin Tuthill.
Rhode Island State Police released more information about these incidents on Tuesday.
According to state police, the ferry was unscheduled but added because of overcrowding.
In a statement to ABC 6 News Tuesday, the Block Island ferry said, “Interstate Navigation acknowledges the poor behavior of several passengers on our departing ferry from Block Island on Monday night. As per our protocols when anticipating a heavy volume of holiday travel, added security measures were put in place with the assistance of state and local police.”