Paul Campiche, 23, was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bail Thursday for his alleged involvement in Tuesday's May Day violence. Cody Ingram, also 23, was charged in U.S. District Court with destruction of government property for allegedly smashing the windows at the downtown federal courthouse.
Paul Campiche, who allegedly was involved in Tuesday’s May Day violence and tried to blend in with peaceful protesters by shedding his clothes, was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bail after a King County District Court judge found probable cause that he assaulted two police officers and was involved in rioting.
Another protester, Cody Ingram, 23, from Burlington, Vt., was charged Thursday in U.S. District Court with destruction of government property, accused of using a wooden stick to smash the glass doors at the William Kenzo Nakamura U.S. Federal Courthouse on Fifth Avenue, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In addition to Campiche and Ingram, three people were arrested for alleged felony assaults on officers and three men were arrested for misdemeanor offenses.
Campiche, 23, of Seattle, was “part of a large crowd of rowdy and unruly protesters who had already committed large-scale property damage in downtown Seattle and committed multiple assaults on officers,” according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against him.
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The noontime vandalism spree, committed by a group of apparent anarchists dressed all in black, caused thousands of dollars in damage and left downtown Seattle littered with shattered glass.
A little after 5 p.m., Campiche allegedly threw a bottle at an officer’s head in the 2100 block of Western Avenue, then dodged into the crowd and “was trying to shed his clothing to change his appearance” and blend in, the statement says.
Officers chased him and caught Campiche at First Avenue and Pike Street, but as they attempted to handcuff him, Campiche “turtled up” to avoid being handcuffed, it says. During the struggle, he allegedly kicked an officer.
Campiche was the only protester — and the only defendant to appear Thursday afternoon before Judge Eileen Kato — to be brought into court with his wrists shackled to his waist. King County prosecutors have until Friday to file charges against Campiche and the three other protesters who allegedly assaulted officers.
According to his Facebook page, Campiche studied “poetry therapies” at The Evergreen State College. He has six drug convictions in Thurston County, Kato heard. For the past six years he has been employed at his father’s downtown Seattle law firm.
Campiche, who spent Tuesday night at Harborview Medical Center complaining of neck pain before being booked into jail early Wednesday, is the unnamed protester who was seen being carried off by Seattle police officers in a photograph that ran on the front page of The Seattle Times on Wednesday.
On Thursday, when the private attorney hired by Campiche’s parents — both lawyers — failed to show up for Campiche’s court appearance, his father, Jeffery Campiche of the law firm Campiche Blue Arnold, stepped in to represent his son.
But the elder Campiche’s statement to the court was inaudible in the gallery, due to the placement of microphones.
Paul Campiche’s mother, Sherrie Bennett of Goldberg & Jones, stood at the bench and told Kato her son is critically ill and has had two recent spinal surgeries, the last one only five weeks ago. “He is not a flight risk,” Bennett said.
Kato told Campiche “you have a lot of support” — more than many defendants who appear before her — but “I can’t overlook the serious nature of these allegations.”
In U.S. District Court, Ingram, a transient from Vermont, was charged Thursday with destruction of government property for allegedly smashing the windows at the federal courthouse at 1010 Fifth Avenue, according to a complaint sworn before U.S. Magistrate Judge James Donohue, who ordered Ingram detained. His next hearing is set for May 17.
The complaint says Ingram told agents he had “traveled across the country with his dog to participate in Seattle’s May Day demonstrations.”
Ingram, who said he was “a schizophrenic,” claimed he did not need to take medications because his dog was a “service dog,” according to the complaint.
He apparently left the dog and his backpack with two people he knew only as “Scarecrow” and “Wolf” so he could participate in the demonstration.
FBI Special Agent Geoffrey Maron said in the complaint he identified Ingram from TV-news footage as a member of a crowd moving down the Sixth Avenue side of the courthouse when members of a “black bloc” formation broke free to batter the courthouse doors.
Maron said that Ingram followed, picked up a “stout stick” and used it to “deliver half a dozen or so sharp jabs to a glass door pane,” which was hidden from view of the camera. Ingram was arrested after a struggle with Seattle police, the complaint says.
Seattle Times staff reporter Mike Carter contributed to this report.
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