Three Arrested Following Night of Property Damage, Arson Investigation at Business

Three individuals were arrested Friday night after a crowd of approximately 100 people marched along Broadway, causing significant property damage when some individuals broke windows and spray painted graffiti on businesses.

At approximately 10:20 PM, the group, many of them carrying shields and wearing gas masks, helmets and body armor, began marching north on Broadway from Cal Anderson Park.

Vehicles associated with the crowd moved between the group and responding police vehicles in an attempt to block the officers from accessing those committing the property destruction.

A number of businesses along Broadway were damaged during the march. Officers did make three arrests, and those individuals were later booked into the King County Jail.

Later, at around 1:15 AM Saturday, officers responded to a report of individuals throwing something inside a business and subsequently starting a fire in the 1600 block of East Olive Way.

Officers arrived and discovered a broken window and a small fire inside the business. Seattle Fire responded and put out the fire.

Officers contacted the witness who stated he heard breaking glass and saw two people standing outside the building. When he saw the flickering light from inside the business he said he knew it was a flame and called 911. The business was closed at the time and there were no injuries.

Officers recovered a can from inside the business that is believed to be the source of the fire. The can was collected and submitted into evidence.

Arson detectives will handle the follow up investigation.