RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Rioting charges have been filed against four people in Richmond after demonstrations in the city turned violent Tuesday night.
Richmond police said the group of people broke windows and damaged and defaced property in several neighborhoods. Mayor Levar Stoney said police could still arrest even more people involved.
In a news conference Wednesday, Stoney said rioters with the group “Richmond Strike” were responsible for the vandalism. “I have no clue Richmond Strike is. I’m going to be 100 percent honest with you about that. What I do know is these were individuals who were bent on destruction,” Stoney said.
Contractors worked Wednesday afternoon to board up large glass windows that were bashed in at the SunTrust Center and Wells Fargo building on E. Cary St. Mayor Stoney said 22 windows at the John Marshall Courthouse were also destroyed, causing the courthouse to close Wednesday.
Julius Dela Cruz, Lakshmi Menon, Kyra Nguyen and Brian Quach were arrested just before midnight and charged with rioting. Richmond Police seized items such as a metal crowbar and a hammer.
RPD said they spoke with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney on possible charges and charged them with rioting.
Mayor Stoney and Richmond Police Deputy Chief Sydney Collier said the people associated with this group are separate from the peaceful protesters. “The ones out there now are hellbent on damage. They want to destroy this city,” said Collier. “It was not about a cause. That was about violence,” added Stoney.
The mayor said Richmond police continue to go through footage and investigate. “If you are involved in any riotous behavior, violence during any protest, we will charge you with all applicable offenses,” he said.
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