Five protesters arrested during May Day’s “anti-capitalism” demonstration that turned violent made initial court appearances Thursday, with a King County District Court judge finding probable cause in each of the cases for crimes of rioting, assaulting Seattle police officers or both.
Four of the five men don’t live in Seattle, and the fifth is an unemployed 21-year-old with a lengthy juvenile criminal history, including a number of assaults in Spokane County, according to court records.
That man, Marcel Davis, was ordered held in lieu of $60,000 bail for investigation of second-degree assault and felony rioting. He is accused of passing out large rocks to other demonstrators and hurling rocks at police, one of which struck a female officer, injuring her left leg, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against him.
A public defense attorney told Judge Arthur Chapman that Davis receives mail at The Orion Center, a Seattle drop-in service center for homeless youth.
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“I think that’s reprehensible,” Chapman said of the allegations against Davis, calling his case “egregious.”
Chapman set bail at $20,000 for Joshua Irwin-Patterson, 18, of Olympia, after finding probable cause for investigation of third-degree assault and felony rioting.
As a crowd of 200 to 300 people moved from Fourth Avenue and Pine Street to Olive Way, Irwin-Patterson was seen by officers with his arm cocked back, ready to throw a large rock at them, the probable-cause statement says.
As officers yelled warnings to each other, Irwin-Patterson put the rock in his pocket and attempted to blend back into the crowd, but an officer grabbed his T-shirt and took him into custody, it says.
Irwin-Patterson, who also has a lengthy criminal juvenile history, told the judge he was living at an addiction-recovery house, working in construction and anticipating the end of his parole this month in connection with an earlier case.
“If I don’t get out before the 5th, I’m going to lose my house,” Irwin-Patterson said, reacting to the amount of bail set in his case.
“Mr. Patterson, that’s my order,” Chapman replied.
The judge also found probable cause that Raymond Miller shoved a Seattle officer in the chest at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Stewart Street.
Miller, 28, limped into the courtroom, a bruise visible on his left temple. The judge heard that Miller works as a housekeeper and is living out of a recreational vehicle with his girlfriend in Shelton, Mason County.
Given Miller’s lack of a criminal history, Chapman agreed to release him on personal recognizance.
The judge ordered Miller not to have any contact with Seattle police unless there was an emergency, possess no weapons and commit no new crimes.
Chapman also released two other men on personal recognizance with the same conditions. The judge determined there were questions about the men’s identities and ordered the media not to photograph their faces. The Times is not naming the men due to identity concerns.
The judge found probable cause that a 19-year-old unemployed machinist from Lynnwood committed gross misdemeanor rioting. Wearing a distinctive white fedora and a black leather jacket, the man is accused of throwing items at officers, then running from them as they tried to arrest him.
He was later arrested in Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill.
The fifth man is a 19-year-old Tacoma Community College student who allegedly turned over a trash can and fished out two beer bottles that he hurled at officers, according to the probable-cause statement. Chapman found probable cause that he committed the crimes of third-degree assault and gross misdemeanor rioting.
All five are to return to court Monday.
Earlier Thursday, the City Attorney’s Office charged six people with misdemeanor crimes in connection with the May Day violence.
Sebastian Harris, 21: charged with obstruction of an officer and resisting arrest. He was arrested at Eighth Avenue and Howell Street;
Gregory Hustead, 22: obstruction of an officer and resisting arrest; arrested in the 400 block of Olive Way;
Bryanna Stader, 27: obstruction of an officer; arrested at Sixth Avenue and Olive Way;
Paul Novasky, 44: obstruction of an officer, failure to disperse and resisting arrest; arrested at Ninth Avenue and Pine Street;
Justin Gonzalez, 25: obstruction of an officer; arrested at Eighth Avenue and Pine Street;
Devin Bahm, 20: property damage and obstruction of an officer; arrested at Boylston Avenue and East Pine Street.
The City Attorney’s Office said three others who were arrested posted bail overnight and will be considered for charges at a later time.
Three others were arrested but their status was unclear.
Seattle Times news researchers Miyoko Wolf and Gene Balk contributed to this report.
Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or firstname.lastname@example.org