RCSD, CPD announce more arrests related to violence after May protest
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Sheriff Leon Lott and Police Chief Skip Holbrook announced more arrests related to violence that erupted after protests in Columbia in May.
Friday morning they announced 12 more people have been arrested and they are looking for three others.
“We are not going to let those who participated in those riots get away with it -- we’re going to hold them all accountable and they are going to be brought to justice whatever happens to them,” Lott said. “When they go to court that’s up to the court system. But the chief and I are going to do our jobs we’re going to get them identified and we arrest them.”
Among the new arrests are Carlos Jenkins, 22, of Columbia. Deputies say Jenkins threw a brick, striking a woman in the face. Jenkins is charged with second-degree assault and battery and instigating a riot.
Police also announced the arrest of David Lovett, 54, of Columbia. They say Lovett picked up and threw a tear gas cannister, which hit two officers. Lovett is charged with aggravated breach of peace and instigating a riot.
Deputies say Olivia Hudgins, 20, of Columbia was arrested and charged with aggravated breach of peace and instigating a riot.
RCSD arrested Ali Smalls, 60, of Wadmalaw Island on two counts of aggravated breach of peace and two counts of instigating a riot. Smalls is accused of “hurling a water bottle at officers and pushing down a police barricade.”
Leroy Bannister, 32, of Columbia was also arrested and charged with second-degree burglary and looting. Authorities say Bannister broke into Andrews Jewelers on Two Notch Road. They say Bannister was caught on surveillance camera scavenging through the drawers of the store and using a sledgehammer to further damage the store’s display.
Deputies say Bannister injured himself in the process, leaving behind blood at the scene.
A total of 95 people have been arrested.
RCSD and CPD are still asking for the public’s help in identifying three additional suspects.
They are looking for the man below (Black Shirt, Red Hat) in connection with the stomping of an employee of an area business in the Vista who was attacked while accessing the situation taking place in the area. Deputies say the instigators accused the man of attempting to call the police, then attacked him.
Both departments are also looking for the man pictured below (Black Shirts, Dark Bandana). Deputies say he was also captured on surveillance video spray painting the parking garage across the street from CPD headquarters. They say he was also seen destroying some of the surveillance cameras in the downtown area that are owned by a private vendor.
Authorities are also looking for the man pictured below (Black Shirt, Gray Hat, Blue Jeans) for allegedly spraying an unknown chemical on law enforcement officers at the protest.
Anyone with information on these suspects should call Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372).
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