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Felony Rioting on Inauguration Day: 230 Arrested, 209 Indicted

After the Inauguration of President Trump, 230 people were arrested and 209 have been formally indicted on felony rioting charges. Many of those arrested were likely a part of ‘Black Bloc’.

If convicted, the felony rioting charges carry with them a fine of up to $25,000 and a maximum of 10 years in prison. Update: 5 more were indicted, bringing the total to 214.

Most of the arrests took place around Franklin Square, which is about a mile and a half from Capitol Hill. Most of the damage was contained to a four block area that spanned between 12th and L Streets NW and 13th and O Streets NW.

Between four and 10 businesses sustained various degrees of vandalized and four had significant amounts of damage to them.

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Rioters set a limousine on fire – Photo by American Lens

Multiple fires were set throughout the area, ranging from small trashcan fires to a limousine being damaged and then finally on fire.


The limousine that was effectively destroyed belonged to a Muslim immigrant, Muhammad Ashraf of Nationwide Chauffeur Services . Ashraf told reporters that unless insurance covers the limo, his company is now out $70,000.

The driver of the limo, Luis Villarroel, suffered cuts on his hands and arms from glass being shattered by objects the rioters threw at the vehicle.

According to Acting Police Chief Peter Newsham, other injuries reported included six police officers. Those injuries came as a result of rioters throwing bricks, trash cans and other objects, such as rocks, at police.

A handful among those charged with felony rioting were journalists.

  • Alex Rubinstein – RT
  • Evan Engel – Vocativ
  • Aaron Cantu – Vice, Al-Jazeera America, The Intercept
  • Tim Pool – Vice, Fusion
  • Alexi Wood – Freelance video at Lex Shoots
  • Matt Hopard – Freelance at Stop Motion Solo
  • Shay Horse – Photojournalist
  • Jack Keller, Documentary Filmmaker

Several of the journalists arrested alongside the rioters were released shortly after, however a few of them still have felony rioting charges pending.

Among the list of the felony rioting names released by law enforcement officials, were that of 17 people from North Carolina. Of those 17, most were from the Research Triangle area and the average age was 27 and a half.

Of note among those arrested was Daniel Meltzer, a self-described anarchist, who in November 2011 was involved in the take over of an abandoned building in Chapel Hill by Occupiers, Black Bloc and Anarchists.  Police ended up raiding the building and removing the group who had entrenched themselves inside.

Another notable on the NC list is Joshua Barnak. New Hanover County Court records show that he was released on January 18th, 2017 on a $1,000 unsecured bond stemming from a 2016 DWI charge in Wilmington, NC.

All but three of the NC arrestees could be located in the voter registration rolls. Jordana Burgess had a voter registration record status of ‘removed’, whereas the majority of the others were registered as unaffiliated and three registered as Democrat. There were no Republicans or Libertarians in the mix.

North Carolina residents arrested in D.C. during the inauguration are below.

LAST FIRST AGE HOMETOWN
BACKUS STEVEN 34 Raleigh
BARNAK JOSHUA 29 Wilmington
BURGESS JORDANNA 30 Chapel Hill
CAIN KIMBERLY 24 Jacksonville
CLARK MAKENNA 20 Black Mountain
ESPAILLAT MALLY 25 Chapel Hill
FELICE ANTHONY 25 Wilmington
GILBERT SARAH 26 Asheville
HIGBY HEATHER 38 Durham
JONES PATRICK 30 Asheville
MELTZER DANIEL 32 Carrboro
MILLER ROBERT 27 Black Mountain
POWELL CAMERON 25 Durham
PUPLIN LAYNE 24 Booneville
SELLERS JEREMIAH 21 Durham
SETZER RANDALL 24 Durham
STELLA CHRISTOPHER 26 Greensboro

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A.P. Dillon

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A.P. Dillon is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of American Lens and is the founder the popular North Carolina based blog, LadyLiberty1885.com. ​A.P. Dillon has been a contributor at Breitbart, IJ Review, DaTechGuy Blog, Civitas Institute and The Heartland Institute. Her writing has been cited by Conservative Review, The Gateway Pundit, The Daily Caller, PJ Media, The Blaze, Michelle Malkin, Twitchy, Truth In American Education, Breitbart and FOX news. She has been a leading voice of Common Core opposition in North Carolina for the last four years.

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