First individual charged out of 17 people who were arrested for violent acts during Trump’s campaign rally.
Luis Fernando Alarcon, a 19-year-old Anaheim man was charged Monday with felony vandalism over $400 and inciting a riot, for his part in the violent protest during a Donald Trump rally in Costa Mesa.
Alarcon was among a group of protesters Thursday night, April 28, who all started marching south on Newport Boulevard, according to LA Times. They were headed toward the freeway, when a highway patrol car managed to block the crowd from entering the freeway. A second officer responded to assist. Police say Alarcon ran toward the second police car, yelling “f—the police” through the car window, then reached into his pocket and threw an object at the patrol car.
“The CHP officer heard a thud and observed an object that looked like a rock or roof tile fall to the ground,” the release stated. “As a result, the vehicle sustained damages over $400.”
He returned to blend in with the crowd and was not immediately arrested, as officers were trying to close the freeway ramp. Alarcon came back to the front of the crowd, yelling at the officers, and more rocks were thrown at the officers by others within the crowd. Alarcon was subsequently arrested.
He faces up to three years in Orange County Jail if he is convicted. He has pleaded not guilty, and is being held on $20,000 bail, reported LA Times.
Additional charges against others who were arrested are still pending and have not been filed yet.
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