One man appeared in court today, but “was released on his own personal recognizance.”
The Department of Justice announced charges against four men for allegedly trying to tear down the Andrew Jackson statue near the White House.
From the DOJ press release:
Lee Michael Cantrell, 47, of Virginia; Connor Matthew Judd, 20, of Washington, D.C.; Ryan Lane, 37, of Maryland; and Graham Lloyd, 37, of Maine, were charged by criminal complaint yesterday with destruction of federal property, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Washington Field Office’s Criminal Division James A. Dawson, and Acting Chief of the United States Park Police (USPP) Gregory T. Monahan.
The complaint, unsealed today, alleges that on June 22, 2020, the four men along with other unidentified individuals, damaged and attempted to tear down the statue depicting Andrew Jackson located in Lafayette Square. The complaint further alleges that Cantrell was captured on video attempting to pry the statue off its base with a wooden board and trying to pull the statue down with the aid of a yellow strap. The complaint alleges that Judd is seen on video trying to pull down the statue, and that Lane is seen on video affixing a rope to one part of the statue and then pulling on another rope tied to the statue. The complaint also alleges that video of the incident shows Lloyd as he breaks off and destroys the wheels of cannons located at the base of the statue. Lloyd is also captured on video pulling on ropes in an effort to topple the statue, and handing a hammer to an unidentified individual involved in the incident.
Judd appeared in court on Monday. The 20-year-old attends George Washington University and is a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity.
Judd did not say anything during his court appearance. He “was released on his own personal recognizance.” He has “to stay away from 13 different monuments.”
#FBIWFO & @usparkpolicepio are seeking to identify several individuals who are responsible for vandalizing federal property at Lafayette Square on June 22, 2020. If you have info, please call #FBI. https://t.co/oGsDaPweqC pic.twitter.com/mOpjK7EpS5
— FBI Washington Field (@FBIWFO) June 26, 2020
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