Social Media Leads To 3 Arrests In Metro Squad Car Fire

Could Get Five Years Prison Time For Act

Associated Press
June 05, 2020 - 5:18 am
Thousands of protesters flow into downtown Las Vegas on Monday, June 1, in a Black Lives Matter rally to protest the police slaying of George Floyd in Minneapolis

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal agents in Las Vegas say video one of the suspects posted on social media of a burning police car helped investigators track down three local men now accused of setting the patrol vehicle on fire during a weekend protest over George Floyd’s death.

Prosecutors said Thursday three suspects have been arrested on federal conspiracy and arson charges in connection with the attack shortly after midnight Sunday in downtown Las Vegas.

Police say one of the men arrested Wednesday allegedly shot the video posted on social media that showed the other two pouring a flammable liquid into the patrol car through a missing window, lighting an object and dropping the gas inside.

Tyree Walker, 23, Devarian Haynes, 23, and Richardo Densmore, 24 face a minimum sentence of five years or a maximum of 20 years and up to a $250,000 fine

U.S. Attorney Nicholas Trutanich said he intends to prosecute any “agitators who are using the camouflage of lawful protests to commit violence against law enforcement.” He said such activity poses a danger to bystanders and the public, and “steals focus away from the messages that peaceful protesters are striving to deliver.”