The man accused of inciting violence and riots in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday is now in police custody after turning himself in, accompanied by his parents.
In a video shared on Twitter by KDKA reporter Nicole Ford, 20-year-old suspected Antifa member Brian Bartels was walked into the precinct by his parents.
— Nicole Ford (@NicoleFordTV) June 1, 2020
“Police secured the warrant as part of an investigation into a male suspect who incited Saturday’s violence by breaking the windows out of a marked Pittsburgh Police vehicle Uptown, against the wishes of peaceful protesters who tried to stop him,” police spokesman Chris Togneri told Fox News earlier this week.
Bartels was not at home at the time the warrant was served, but investigators told KDKA they found evidence that links him to the protests — guns, spray paint and gloves. Also found during the search warrant execution was the sweatshirt matching the one Bartels allegedly wore during the riot.
Police say they received a call from Bartels’ attorney earlier in the day saying he would turn himself in Monday afternoon.
Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert attributed the chaos across the city to Antifa, not those protesting the recent death in police custody of George Floyd.
“I’m willing to bet my check that there’s a lot of people who are anarchists, who, they’re not here to protest what happened, they’re not here to protest what happened, they’re here to take advantage of situations and throw it their way and bring other people into the mix and cause damage and cause injury,” Cheif Schubert told KTKA-TV.
— Willie B. Hardigan (@Will_Koz) May 30, 2020
“There’s no doubt that that’s who’s doing it and a lot of things we’re seeing are white males, dressed in the anarchist—ANTIFA, they’re ones who are fueling a lot of this,” Schubert added. “It’s just a damn shame that they took advantage of the situation, for something, something happened in another state where somebody died who shouldn’t have died, and they hijacked that message for their own.”
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