Pair arrested in Rutland street disruption
By Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | January 22,2013
Two men were arrested Sunday night in Rutland after police from three agencies were called to disperse a crowd that gathered over a dispute on School Street.
More than 40 people were reportedly involved in a series of heated verbal and physical confrontations in the city’s southwest neighborhood, Rutland Police Sgt. John Sly said.
“A lot of people came out to watch or get involved,” Sly said.
In what he described as a “convoluted sequence of events” police were initially called to 36 Meadow St. at 4:23 p.m. for a reported fight.
At the scene, Sly said police found about 10 people arguing about the theft of a cellphone and a missing hat.
Sly said police left the scene believing that the parties would stay separated. But more than three hours later they were called back when some of the same people involved in the earlier dispute moved to 79 School St. where a crowd had gathered.
The size of the gathering was so great that city police called for backup from Vermont State Police and the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department as well as another shift of officers coming on duty in the city.
Police also arrested two participants — 19-year-old Tiler Cormia and Nicholas Prior, 20, both of Rutland — on charges of disorderly conduct.
One of the two men — Sly said he didn’t know which — was also charged with resisting arrest. At one point, Sly said police used a Taser with a dry-stun setting to try to gain control of the man charged with resisting arrest.
No one was injured in that incident or any of the other calls to School Street or Meadow Street on Sunday night, he added.
Cormia and Prior are expected to appear in Rutland criminal court today to answer to the misdemeanor offenses against them.
Following the second call to the neighborhood just before 8 p.m., police were called back twice more to 79 School St. at 9:06 p.m. and again at 11:01 p.m. for complaints related to the earlier incidents.
At one of the late night calls, police were told that someone had thrown a rock through a window at the School Street address.
Sly said police are considering a criminal charge against a person suspected of throwing the rock.