2 facing federal arson charges in connection to unrest in Rochester

Updated: July 15, 2020 05:07 PM
Created: July 15, 2020 03:31 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Two Rochester men are facing federal arson charges in connection to the unrest after a peaceful protest from late May in Rochester.

Shakell Sanks, 26, and Javon Hardy, 24, were both charged with arson in connection to events that happened on May 30.


Sanks is accused of helping others light fabric on fire that was stuffed into the gas tank of a parked City of Rochester Family Crisis Intervention Team car. The car was deemed a total loss.

Hardy is accused of helping to set a construction trailer on fire in the Exchange Street parking lot. Prosecutors say a Facebook Live video of Hardy shows him carrying a milk jug near the back door of the trailer, then walking down the trailer steps and yelling, “Let that [expletive] burn,” and “If it’s not on fire, I didn’t do my job.”

If convicted, Sanks and Hardy face a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Four others are facing federal charges in connection to the incidents in Rochester as well.

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