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Five arrests in Capitol Hill demonstration

On April 9th at approximately Noon a demonstration began on Capitol Hill.  This was an apparent anarchist event.  Uniformed patrol officers, bicycle patrol officers, and mounted patrol officers staffed the event.  The event was peaceful at first. 

At about 1:00 p.m. an unknown person in the crowd threw a light bulb filled with red paint at a mounted patrol officer.  It struck the officer on the back of his helmet.  The bulb broke when it hit the ground.  Neither the officer nor the horse was injured.

A group of suspects then began to roll nearby dumpsters towards a police line.  Officers quickly arrested two adult males and one adult female (all three in their early twenties) that were involved in this activity.  Two juvenile male suspects, both 17 years old, were stopped after they attempted to hide a backpack.  In that backpack were at least six more paint-filled light bulbs.  Both juvenile suspects were placed under arrest and later released when the Youth Service Center declined them.  A request for Investigation of Assault charges will be forwarded to the prosecuting attorney’s office.

The crowd dispersed fairly quickly after the arrests were made.  One adult male suspect and the adult female suspect were booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Assault, a felony charge.  The other adult male suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Obstruction and Resisting Arrest. 

The incident was completely finished around 3:30 p.m.  There were no reported injuries or property destruction due to this event.