Four people, including a 17-year-old boy, are facing felony charges for their alleged involvement in vandalizing Reno City Hall and the police station during the riot last weekend.
Wesley Ellis Compton, 24; Lionel Jimenez, 25; and Ekepati Niko Taua, 28; were all charged with one felony count of destruction of property worth $5,000 or more.
According to the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office, all three suspects caused significant and costly damages to Reno City Hall.
Officials said the defendants broke several windows that cost more than $14,000 each.
Compton was also charged with stealing property that was worth $650 or more — another felony charge.
He also faces a gross misdemeanor count for destroying property worth $250 or more after he allegedly stole a large replica of the Reno Police Department’s badge and broke it during the riot.
Officials said Taua also faces another gross misdemeanor count of assault on an officer.
Additionally, an unidentified 17-year-old male was charged in connection to the case.
The riot on Saturday stemmed from a peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration in downtown Reno to protest the death of George Floyd, who died of asphyxiation after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on this neck during his arrest.
“Unfortunately, last weekend rioters chose to steal the memory of Mr. Floyd and the message of peaceful protesters by attacking our community,” District Attorney Chris Hicks said in a news release. “We are beginning our prosecutions of several of the alleged rioters who have been caught and will handle them swiftly and aggressively.”
Officials said the case is still under investigation and that all four individuals may face additional charges.
Other suspects have also been identified and will likely face charges in connection to the riots.
Marcella Corona is a breaking news reporter who covers crime and justice in Northern Nevada. Support her work by subscribing to RGJ.com.
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