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Federal arson charges announced for 4 arrested after Rochester protest turned violent

Federal arson charges announced for 4 arrested after Rochester protest turned violent

WHECTV
Updated: July 07, 2020 06:23 PM
Created: July 07, 2020 03:54 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Federal prosecutors announced federal charges Tuesday against four people charged in the unrest after a peaceful protest in Rochester in late May.

Several are now facing state and federal charges for allegedly overturning and burning several city-owned vehicles, including at least one RPD patrol car in a parking lot at 185 Exchange Boulevard.

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Dyshika McFadden, 26, and Miguel Ramos, 19, both of Rochester are now facing federal charges of conspiracy to commit arson and arson for allegedly setting fire to an RPD patrol car.

Mackenzie Drechsler, 19, is facing charges of arson of a vehicle used in interstate commerce for allegedly setting fire to a vehicle belonging to the New York State Attorney General's Office and another belonging to the City of Rochester's Family Crisis Intervention Team.

Marquis Frasier, 27, is charged with arson of a building vehicle and property for allegedly using a Molotov cocktail to set fire to a construction trailer.

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy says the federal charges stem from an increase in violent crime both across the nation, and Western New York.

"This lawless behavior combined with the dramatic increase in violent crime and shootings, we have seen both across our nation and across our district, all of Western New York suggests that some members of our society believe that division and violence provide an acceptable path forward from the current state of civil unrest, they, however, are wrong," Kennedy said.

For more information about the incident these charges are related to, click here.

Watch the video in the player below for the full press conference with the U.S. Attorney's Office:

Kennedy says the investigation is still going, and there may be more charges.


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