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4 more charged with breaking windows, flipping cars after protest

WHECTV
Updated: June 09, 2020 07:30 PM
Created: June 09, 2020 09:39 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Authorities arrested three men and one woman from Rochester after they allegedly smashed several police car windows, flipped a car over, or smashed windows of a building following a peaceful protest in downtown Rochester on May 30.

Andrew Bell, 24, and Gary Fitzsimmons, 30, were both taken into custody by members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force in Clarion, Pennsylvania on Monday. Investigators say they fled the city after the violence to evade apprehension. 

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Bell is accused of breaking windows on several police cars and flipping a car over. Bell is charged with first-degree riot and nine counts of second-degree criminal mischief. 

Fitzsimmons is accused of breaking into the Court Exchange Building on Exchange Boulevard, then smashing several windows while inside. He is charged with first-degree riot, second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief.

Police say Evan Bergeron, 25, smashed out police car windows and flipped over a police car. He was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree riot and second-degree criminal mischief. 

Bergeron was remanded to the Monroe County Jail and is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Rochester City Court.

Bell and Fitzsimmons are in jail in Clarion, pending extradition proceedings. Bail was set by a judge at $100,000.

19-year old Mackenzie Drechsler was arrested for allegedly burning and damaging police cars. She was charged with arson, riot, burglary and criminal mischief.

Seven other people have been charged with setting fire to police cars or damaging other city-owned property outside the Public Safety Building on May 30, according to police. 

More arrests are expected.


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