Four of the eight demonstrators arrested by Seattle police during May Day protests Tuesday could face felony charges, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.
Eight people were arrested for investigation of crimes, including vandalism and assault. Prosecutors said this morning that they are eying some of the cases for felony assault charges. Police said that officers were punched, grabbed and spit on during the protests.
Four of the suspects are being held without bail at the King County Jail, pending their first appearance before a judge at 2:30 p.m. today, said Dan Donohoe, spokesman for Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. Among the group are two men, ages 27 and 23, and a 30-year-old woman, all arrested for investigation of assault on a police officer. Also included in the four is a 23-year-old man arrested for investigation of malicious mischief, Donohoe said.
The other four arrested Tuesday could face misdemeanor prosecution in Seattle Municipal Court.
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Last night, Seattle police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said that the department planned to “do a very thorough and complete investigation to identify the people responsible for the violence and bring them in to custody.”
Protesters reportedly shot paintballs and set a small fire at the U.S. Court of Appeals building at Fifth Avenue and Seneca Street. Windows were broken at a Wells Fargo bank branch, HSBC and Home Street Bank branches, as well at at retail stores NikeTown and American Apparel. Fidelity Investments at Sixth Avenue and Pike Street was tagged with graffiti. Car windows were also smashed, and a Porsche Cayenne was tagged in spraypaint with a green anarchist’s symbol.