DENVER, CO – Reportedly, nine people were arrested on September 1st for allegedly trespassing on the Denver Police Department’s training academy, while being in possession of tools typically used to deface property. Of the nine people arrested, reportedly two of them were juveniles.
As of now, only six of the seven adults processed into the local jail had mugshots available.
— Betsy Brantner Smith (@sgtbetsysmith) September 3, 2020
According to the DPD, video surveillance caught the potential vandals as they made their way through a hole that had been cut into the chain link fence on the academy property, on the evening of September 1st.
Since police were aware that the current anti-police sentiments are relatively widespread, they’d set up security cameras that were being monitored, and police were able to intervene quickly before the group’s plan could come to it’s full fruition.
Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen stated the following regarding the arrests:
“If Denver residents have concerns and/or ideas about the future of policing in Denver, we encourage them to contact us and engage in productive dialogue. However, reckless efforts to harm people and property in our city are inexcusable and will not be tolerated.”
While police cannot say with absolute certainty what the group intended to do or their motivations, Denver Police Division Chief of Patrol Ron Thomas has his suspicions based upon the items that the group were in possession of at the time of arrest:
“Certainly we think they were going to damage the building and maybe occupy the property as has been suggested at some of the other demonstrations that have taken place.”
One juvenile suspect was arrested for second-degree criminal trespassing and possession of burglary tools, while the other juvenile was solely arrested for second-degree criminal trespassing.
Of those arrested, 19-year-old Lukas Leatham-Simbeck was still having his information processed through the county jail and his mugshot is currently unavailable.
Jonathan Vogel, 18, was arrested for second-degree criminal trespassing and possession of burglary tools.
Rosemary Rianoshek, 19, was arrested for second-degree criminal trespassing.
Janette Steedley, 36, was arrested for second-degree criminal trespassing.
Richard Gonzales, 31, was arrested for second-degree criminal trespassing.
Christina Gatlin, 29, was arrested for second-degree criminal trespassing.
Benjamin Behrman, 20, was arrested for second-degree criminal trespassing.
The criminal trespassing charges for the alleged offenders are all misdemeanors, whereas the possession of burglary tools charges are fifth-degree felonies.
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In August, Denver Police had already dealt with what was known as the “Give Em Hell” debacle which also resulted in quite the mugshot gallery.
Mayor Michael Hancock, alongside Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen, Denver Director of Safety Murphy Robinson, and Sheriff Elias Diggins, addressed the lawlessness that was the “Give Em Hell” riot that took place on August 22nd.
The mayor and the local law enforcement leaders decried the acts of vandalism, arson and other criminal deeds enacted by the rioters.
— Patrick Norton (@Tao4mind123) August 24, 2020
Director Murphy noted that what transpired on the evening of August 22nd wasn’t some display of locals engaging in constitutionally protected speech or peaceful assembly:
“What we experienced last wasn’t a protest – it was anarchy.”
Chief Pazen noted that there were a total of 12 arrests made during the riots, seven of whom stemmed from Denver, and two from Boulder. However, the remaining three’s area of origin was not released at the time of the press conference.
One injured officer was said to have suffered a concussion and third-degree burns during the madness that ensued over the weekend.
According to Mayor Hancock, city officials “will not tolerate these actions” in their city. The District Attorney’s Office is said to be pursuing criminal cases against those who engaged in unlawful activity, and that civil charges may be pursued in order to impose restitution against alleged vandals.
In an effort to hold up on ensuring criminals in riots are brought to justice, the mayor also relieved the jail population cap that was put in place in response to COVID. Thus, meaning that there’s going to be plenty of room in jail for any aspiring miscreants.
An estimated 50 to 75 people were present when the riot was taking place outside of the Denver Police Department headquarters, with predictable calls to abolish the police while people were ironically engaging in lawlessness.
Police also released the mugshots of those arrested for various crimes during the chaos. Those arrested are as follows:
- 21-year-old Arron Jones, arrested for obstruction (equipment prohibited)
- 23-year-old Bailey Yntema, arrested for throwing objects
- 27-year-old Devlin Baker, arrested for obstruction (equipment prohibited)
- 18-year-old Isabelle Bullock, arrested for obstruction (equipment prohibited)
- 22-year-old Timothy Wempen, arrested for aggravated assault
- 29-year-old Tigran Manukran, arrested for possession of a dangerous weapon
- 20-year-old Stephen Merida, arrested for obstruction (equipment prohibited)
- 20-year-old Mariam Schwarz, arrested for obstruction (equipment prohibited)
- 19-year-old Marianne Bryne, arrested for obstruction (equipment prohibited)
- 19-year-old Jordan White, arrested for criminal mischief
- 29-year-old Jill Hunsaker, arrested for obstruction (equipment prohibited)
- 20-year-old Jacob Anikow, arrested for obstruction (equipment prohibited)