2 arrested after I-490 protest closes road to traffic

Updated: October 18, 2020 06:23 AM
Created: October 17, 2020 07:10 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Part of 490 eastbound was closed for a time Saturday near Wilder Street because of a protest, leading to two arrests. 

The Rochester Police Department says that the protest had gathered around 4:45 p.m. on Jefferson Avenue, and by 5:30 p.m. about 100 protesters had gathered, some with shields, helmets and leaf blowers. They then marched to 490.


New York State Police say that they responded around 6:40 p.m. to reports of people walking on the highway. Upon arrival, they found some people walking on the highway illegally, blocking the traffic. 

After protesters ran when troopers tried to interview them, two arrests were made: 28-year-old Alyssa Sadwick of Rochester and 21-year-old Kennedy Parks of Fairport. Both are facing charges of disorderly conduct, pedestrian on the expressway, and obstruction of government administration. 

State Police also say there was a three-car accident shortly after 7 p.m. while protesters were blocking traffic, but no additional information was given. They say the overall investigation is ongoing. 

The Rochester Police Department tweeted around 7:21 p.m. that the road had reopened. Previously, it was closed in the area near Wilder and people were being asked to avoid the area. 

After the incident on 490, about 30 protestors went to the Public Safety Building around 8 p.m. By 8:45 p.m., Rochester Police say that the remaining protesters dispersed. 

A Black Lives Matter protest previously closed part of I-490 in July, but it is not known whether this protest was related to that protest or recent actions related to the death of Daniel Prude. 

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