Five students have been charged by Poughkeepsie City Police with rioting following a melee near Poughkeepsie High School on Thursday.
Four boys and one girl, ages 13 to 15, were charges after police were called to the scene of a fight in the roadway at Fox Terrace and Edgar Street. When officers tried to arrest one boy who had refused to disperse and was inciting the crowd, he and other youths began attacking the officers.
The five taken into custody were arrested on charges ranging from riot to resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, attempted assault on a police officer and attempting to take an officer’s weapon. One had a box cutter on him.
All five were taken to Family Court. Two youths were sent to secure detention, but because of limited space, the other three were sent to a non-secure facility.