Lancaster: Rioters torch property, attack PD, throw bricks at cops after officers shoot armed suspect

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LANCASTER, PA- In response to an officer-involved shooting of an armed suspect, violent rioters, including some identified as Antifa and Black Lives Matter supporters, attacked the police station in Lancaster and threw bricks at police officers.

According to reports, the Lancaster Police Department said that a group of more than 100 individuals refused to leave the area after an unlawful assembly had been declared. The department said in a statement:

“The group failed to follow the instructions and chemical agents were used to disperse the crowd. Members of the crowd damaged a county vehicle parked in the front of the police station. Bricks where thrown through the front of the police station and into the post office window.”

The statement continued:

“People on the ramp, W. Chestnut St. and the park adjacent to the station threw water bottles, glass bottles, rocks, bricks, gallon jugs of liquids, and parts of plastic road barricades at officers.

OC spray was also deployed at protesters that refused to move from the ramp and were physically challenging officers that were moving to clear people from the ramp.”

The statement added:

“At the time of this release, protesters are still gathered outside the station and have thrown traffic barricades, large planters and trash receptacles across the ramp. Protesters have also damaged a County of Lancaster vehicle parked on W. Chestnut St.”

The violent riots and looting broke out after the officer-involved shooting of an armed man. Authorities released the body-cam footage within a few hours after the incident to help quell the disturbances that had already began. 

The body-cam footage shows a man running out of the house and charging at the police officer with a knife. Police initially responded to the home after a woman called 9-1-1 to report that her brother was allegedly becoming aggressive with their mother and trying to break into the home.

The Lancaster Bureau of Police said in a statement:

“A male subject then exited the front door of the residence and began chasing the officer. Preliminary information and body worn camera footage indicates that the male subject had a knife in his right hand as he was chasing the officer.”

The statement continued:

“The subject, identified as a 27-year-old Lancaster man, did not survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer was the only police officer on the scene at the time of the shooting and his body worn camera was activated and recorded the encounter.”

According to reports, eight people are now facing charges following the violent protests that took place on  September 13th in Lancaster City. Disorder outside of the police station continued to grow after officers declared an unlawful assembly.

Police said that protesters continued to throw items at police officers as well as cause damage to the police station, the U.S. Post Office building, and multiple businesses throughout downtown. Rioters proceeded to fill a dumpster with wood and other trash bags before setting the entire dumpster on fire.

The following people have been arrested in relation to the dumpster fire and riots outside of the police station:

Jamal Newman, 24; Barry Jones, 30; Frank Gaston, 43; Yoshua Montague, 23; Matthew Modderman, 31; Talia Gessner, 18; Kathryn Patterson, 20; and Taylor Enterline, 20.

Police said that they are currently reviewing video of the riots in an effort to identify additional suspects. 

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Here is another article from Law Enforcement Today about protests that took place in Portland where 50 people were arrested:

PORTLAND, ORRiots that occurred on September 5th in Portland played out in the usual form that many have come to expect. Those among the crowd of rioters threw rocks, firebombs, launched fireworks toward police officers, and numerous people wound up getting arrested.

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Example of rocks thrown at police and seized dagger – Portland Police

There were reportedly 59 people arrested between the evening of September 5th and the early morning hours of the 6th in Portland, with the Portland Police Bureau sharing some of the photos of the damage that occurred, and some of the items seized from arrestees.

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Oregon State Police vehicle damaged on September 5th – Portland Police

A police sergeant’s hand was burned via a commercial grade firework that was shot toward officers. The launched firework managed to burn it’s way through the sergeant’s gloved hand and caused injury.

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PPB Sgt’s damaged glove – Portland Police
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PPB Sgt’s burned hand – Portland Police

The crowd of rioters had reportedly gathered at Ventura Park at approximately 9:00 p.m. on the evening of September 5th, and began heading toward the East Portland Community Policing Center. Many rioters were adorned in various forms of body armor and carrying around shields as well.

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Shield used by rioters on September 5th – Portland Police

It only took approximately 15 minutes after the crowd had gathered at the park initially before assaults against police started, which began with rioters tossing firebombs at officers who were strategically positioned to hinder the crowd from reaching the East Precinct.

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Seized explosive – Portland Police

This is the riot where video footage went viral of a rioter who managed to catch their legs on fire from their own arsonist attacks.

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Body armor worn by one of the rioters – Portland Police

Things like mortar fireworks were also launched at police officers and even slingshots were used to attack the police. It didn’t take long for police to declare the protest as a riot and warned those present that tear gas was about to be deployed. This of course was ignored by the volatile crowd and police were forced to utilize tear gas.

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The following people were reportedly booked into Multnomah County Detention Center following the riot from the evening of the 5th:

Evan Burchfield, 34, of Portland – Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer.

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Evan Burchfield – MCSO

James Castle, 43, of Portland – Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot. 

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James Castle – MCSO

Tony Girard, 34, of Tigard, Oregon – Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot.

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Tony Girard – MCSO

Sara Rider, 30, of Portland – Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot.

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Sara Rider – MCSO

Sarah Martin, 32, of Portland – Interfering with a Peace Officer (no photo available). 

Victor Philips, 34, of Portland – Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

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Victor Philips – MCSO

Evelyn Luhman, 27, of Portland – Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot.

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Evelyn Luhman – MCSO

Henry Loeb, 31, of Portland – Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot.

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Henry Loeb – MCSO

Jesse Joseph, 25, of Portland – Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Escape in the Third Degree.

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Jesse Joseph – MCSO

Enzo Zimmerman, 18, unknown residence – Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer.

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Enzo Zimmerman – MCSO

Sherry Mothedi, 45, unknown residence – Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest.

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Sherry Mothedi – MCSO

Jaimie Crush, 26, of Portland – Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot.

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Jaimie Crush

Kiko Kurosawa-Grasa, 25, unknown residence – Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot.

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Kiko Kurosawa-Grasa – MCSO

Donovan Speed, 19, of Portland – Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

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Donovan Speed – MCSO

Eleanor Rose, 22, of Portland – Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

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Eleanor Rose – MCSO

John Alger, 23, of Portland – Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree.

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John Alger – MCSO

Jawad Fakhuri, 35, unknown residence – Attempted Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Unlawful Use of the Weapon.

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Jawad Fakhuri – MCSO

Meganne English-Mills, 24, unknown residence – Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

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Meganne English-Mills – MCSO

Michael Skaggs, 23, of Portland – Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

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Michael Skaggs – MCSO

Sarah Rascoe, 39, of Portland – Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

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Sarah Rascoe – MCSO

John Mulkern, 33, of Olympia, Washington – Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

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John Mulkern – MCSO

Noel Ruiz, 27, of Portland – Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot.

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Noel Ruiz – MCSO

Folajade Dgunfieitiani, 27, of Hillsboro, Oregon – Riot, Interfering with a Peace Officer.

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Folajade Dgunfieitiani – MCSO

Kristina Narayan, 29, of Portland – Interfering with a Peace Officer.

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Kristina Narayan – MCSO

Joel Beal, 32, of Skull Valley, Arizona – Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

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Joel Beal – MCSO

Simona Arteaga, 39, of Portland – Riot, Interfering with a Peace Officer.

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Simona Arteaga – MCSO

Leslie Branch, 26, of Lakewood, Colorado – Attempted Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

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Leslie Branch – MCSO

Elizabeth Elder, 27, of Portland – Attempted Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Riot.

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Elizabeth Elder – MCSO

Jil Heimensen, 50, of Portland – Riot, Harassment, Interfering with a Peace Officer.

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Jil Heimensen – MCSO

Ty Fox, 23, of Astoria, Oregon – Arson in the First Degree, Escape in the Third Degree, Riot.

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Ty Fox – MCSO

Cassandra Tighe, 24, of New Mexico – Riot, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Escape in the Third Degree.

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Cassandra Tighe – MCSO

Samantha Sartin, 22, unknown residence – Interfering with a Peace Officer (no photo available).

Bandr Alzafiri, 22, of Portland – Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot.

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Bandr Alzafiri – MCSO

Alaric Dinh, 21, of Beaverton, Oregon — Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot.

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Alaric Dinh – MCSO

Nicholas Foster, 19, of Portland – Interfering with a Peace Officer, Riot, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

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Nicholas Foster – MCSO

Nearly everyone that was booked into the county jail wound up getting released on their own recognizance or got bailed out. 

There were also those simply listed as being “cited and released” by police, which those cited had charges ranging between disorderly conduct and/or interfering with a peace officer.

Two juveniles were also reportedly arrested, with a 15-year-old being booked into the juvenile detention center for rioting, second-degree disorderly conduct, and an active warrant.

The second juvenile, 17, was released to a parent after allegations of rioting, second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer.

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