KEENE, N.H. (CBS) — Keene police have received more than 100 tips in their efforts to identify participants of a riot on Saturday near the city’s annual pumpkin festival.
The department said Thursday it received the flood of responses within hours of releasing photos of people they are looking to identify. The disturbances led to 84 arrests, dozens of injuries and property damage around Keene State College campus.
Photos: Keene, N.H., Riot Suspect Photos
“Currently we are accessing social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) to collect both still image files and video clips to create a repository of what occurred during the riot,” police said in a statement. “We are actively working to hold those who committed criminal acts accountable.”
Police also said they are prepared to seek subpoenas “to identify account subscriber information for phone numbers of social media accounts, to identify anyone involved in criminal behavior.”
Arrest warrants will be sought once identifications are made, police said. The department anticipates that charges will include misdemeanor and felony criminal mischief for those who damaged property like street signs and cars, and reckless conduct misdemeanors for people throwing bottles into a crowd.
Keene State spokesperson Kelly Ricaurte said on Wednesday that the school is working with the police department to track down the people involved in the riots.
“We have sent messages to students asking for their assistance and have received well over 80 emails from students, and from individuals not related to campus, identifying either specific individuals and/or the schools they are from, including high school students from in and out of state. The response from students at Keene State College has been tremendous,” said Ricaurte.
“We have positively identified a number of students who are already going through the student conduct system and we are working with the Keene Police to go through their arrest records to identify Keene State students and those from other institutions. We have been in contact with our colleagues at other institutions who are committed to assisting us to hold their students accountable.”
Anyone with information can contact the Keene Police Department at (603) 357-9820, or visit the department’s website for information on submitting an anonymous tip.
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