UPDATE: Charges detail destruction by anarchists determined to destroy Old Hickory
This joint investigation was conducted by the United States Park Police and the FBI Washington Field Office’s Violent Crime Task Force. Significant assistance was also provided by the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. The Violent Crime Task Force is charged with investigating acts of violence impacting the District of Columbia. Tips associated with this matter or other acts of violence can be reported to the FBI at 202-278-2000 or tips.fbi.gov.
On June 22, 2020, a crowd of approximately 200 people had gathered in Lafayette Park in the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. There is a statue of General Andrew Jackson in the center of the park. On this date, the statue was surrounded with an eight foot high chain link fence due to recent protests in the area. Officers from the United States Park Police (USPP) and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) were in the area monitoring the crowd.
Your affiant, a USPP Sergeant, observed an organized effort to attempt to remove the statue from its base and damage it, including the cannons at the statue’s base (hereinafter, “the incident”). Many individuals were standing around the statue with arms interlocked to create a blockade preventing the police from approaching the statue. Other individuals had climbed onto the statue and were affixing white ropes, chains and a yellow strap to the statue. Your affiant further observed multiple people pulling on the ropes, chains and strap attempting to pull the statue down.
The Andrew Jackson Statue is the property of the United States and it sustained significant damage due to the actions of the individuals involved in the offenses described herein. The National Park Service (NPS) advised your affiant that the historic cannon carriages at the base of the statue were irreparably damaged, that some parts of the statue were bent and other parts of the statue sustained damage from blunt objects and chemicals. NPS further advised your affiant that the estimated replacement cost for the historic cannon carriages is $76,000 and that the estimated cost to repair one of the bent portions of the statue is $2,000. Members of MPD, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and USPP reviewed online open source videos of the incident, as well as videos from MPD body-worn camera footage, in order to identify the individuals who attempted to remove the statue from its base and damage it, including the cannons at the statue’s base. The officers put out numerous lookout bulletins as a part of this effort. At this time, officers have been able to positively identify four individuals who participated in the attempt to remove the statue, which caused significant damage to the statue.
CONNOR MATTHEW JUDD CAPTURED
Connor Matthew Judd, 20, a student at George Washington, was captured and brought before a Federal Judge who released him on his own personal recognizance. Judge Robin Meriweather refused a request from prosecutors to require Judd to wear an ankle monitor.
Big Red: Graham Lloyd
SUSPECT 1: GRAHAM LLOYD
On June 24, 2020, your affiant viewed a collection of still photographs and video clips from the incident as provided by MPD, including information gathered from open sources and from body-worn cameras of officers on scene. Your affiant immediately recognized Suspect-1, later identified as GRAHAM LLOYD, a shirtless white male with long red hair and a thick red
beard – in the photographs and footage taken from the area of 16th Street and H Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C., during this incident.
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2 On June 24, 2020, your affiant received an investigative lead for a subject identified by name in an NBC Channel 4 news video about the above-referenced efforts to destroy the Andrew Jackson statue.
At the 2:23 mark of the video, the subject is speaking to the reporter, appearing shirtless and with wet hair. The subtitle of the news video identifies the subject as “Graham Lloyd – Demonstrator.”
Your affiant reviewed this video and recognized the subject depicted as Suspect-1, the same person he observed shirtless in the area of 16th and H Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C.
A check of various law enforcement databases revealed a possible date and place of birth for Graham Lloyd (July X, 19XX, from Maine). Upon viewing a digital image of LLOYD’s Maine driver’s license, your affiant positively identified GRAHAM LLOYD as Suspect-1, the person depicted in the NBC Channel 4 news video and the subject your affiant personally
observed in the area of 16th Street and H Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C.
At the 2:23 mark of the NBC Channel 4 news video, LLOYD describes having wanted to place a round table for discussion on the lawn of the White House.
Your affiant reviewed several open-source videos of the incident, still images, and bodyworn camera footage from officers on the scene of the incident. Your affiant was able to identify
GRAHAM LLOYD wearing long black pants and a black t-shirt with no shoes on MPD bodyworn camera footage. Your affiant also reviewed the video of the incident from BFM TV’s Twitter page.
This video showed LLOYD on the grounds of the Andrew Jackson Statue and shows LLOYD rocking two wooden wheels of a cannon at the base of the statue until they crumble and the wheels are destroyed. Your affiant also reviewed an additional video of the incident posted on Facebook.
This video shows LLOYD on the grounds of the Andrew Jackson Statue. At the 2:37 mark, LLOYD is seen helping individuals climb onto the statue. At the 3:05 time period, LLOYD is seen breaking off and destroying four wooden wheels from cannons at the base of the statue and overturning a cannon and base with the assistance of another individual. At the 12:35 time period, LLOYD is seen pulling on the ropes that other individuals had attached to the statue attempting to pull the statue off its base.
Your affiant reviewed additional video of the incident posted on Twitter.4
This video shows LLOYD on the grounds of the Andrew Jackson Statue. At the 0:14 time period, LLOYD is seen handing a hammer to another individual on the statue.
Finally, your affiant reviewed video of the incident posted on Youtube.com.
At the 0:06 time period, LLOYD is seen pushing officers as the officers are clearing individuals out of the park.
SUSPECT 2: RYAN LANE
On June 24, 2020, your affiant viewed a collection of still photographs and video clips from this event as provided by MPD, including information gathered from open sources and from body-worn cameras of officers on scene. Your affiant remembered Suspect-2, later identified as RYAN LANE, a white male with long hair and multiple tattoos on his chest, arms,
and back. LANE appeared to be visibly intoxicated and walked up and down the police line both agitating the police and trying to calm the crowd.
Andrew Jackson, 7e président des États-Unis, soutenait l’esclavage— BFMTV (@BFMTV) June 24, 2020
Des manifestants ont tenté de renverser sa statue devant la Maison Blanche ⤵ pic.twitter.com/cDwfHm5n2a
Your affiant reviewed NBC Channel 4 news video of the incident, that at the :05 second mark captures LANE affixing a white rope to the back of the horse rider in the statue.6 LANE is wearing a white shirt, black shorts and has a green bandana on his face. At the :23 second mark, the same individual is shown wearing the same clothing standing with other people, pulling on a yellow strap that is affixed to the horse’s neck of the statue in an attempt to pull it down.
Through a review of the above-referenced collection of video and photographic recordings of this incident, and through investigation using police databases and open-source information,
law enforcement was able to tentatively identify Suspect-2 as RYAN LANE. Your affiant reviewed pictures of Suspect-2 from body-worn camera footage, which showed his distinct tattoos. Your affiant observed that Suspect-2 strongly resembles LANE in terms of hair color,
facial hair, nose and hairline. In addition, still photographs from the body-worn camera show a specific tattoo on Suspect-2’s right shoulder (a demonic face with horns), and a booking photo of the same RYAN LANE from Arlington County Police taken in 2016 shows the same tattoo in
the same location, as demonstrated below:
Your affiant observed LANE for hours in the area of the crime as he attempted to destroy the Andrew Jackson Statue at Lafayette Park on June 22, 2020, by affixing a rope to the statue and pulling on a strap affixed to the statue’s horse as well as assaulting and resisting officers.
On June 25, 2020, a USPP officer who had also observed the incident reviewed USPP US lookout poster numbered “Bulletin #LP-3.”
The lookout poster contains four pictures taken at the Jackson Statue on June 22, 2020, of the subject later identified as LANE. This officer told your affiant that he recognized the subject identified as LANE from the lookout poster because the officer was assaulted by LANE in the area of the Andrew Jackson Statue on the same date.
The officer advises that at approximately 2000 hours on that date, he came into contact with a white male, 35 years of age, reddish hair and beard, white t-shirt, and dark-colored shorts.
The subject repeatedly ignored police orders and became overly violent towards the officer and other law enforcement officers. This subject punched the officer repeatedly in the chest and torso area, and spit at him.
This action occurred to the northwest of the Jackson Statue as officers were clearing the area. The officer recognized his assailant as LANE because he observed him later in the evening without his shirt on, continuing to engage police officers north of the park. The officer told your affiant that he specifically remembered LANE’s tattoos on his arms, chest, and back.
SUSPECT 3: LEE MICHAEL CANTRELL
Your affiant reviewed video of the incident, which was posted on Facebook by WUSA Channel 9 in Washington, D.C.
At approximately the 12:03 minute mark, Suspect-3, later identified as LEE MICHAEL CANTRELL, can be observed picking up a long wooden board and attempting to pry the Andrew Jackson Statue figure off its base.
Your affiant reviewed an additional video of the incident posted on YouTube by The Telegraph.
At the:09 second mark, CANTRELL can be observed at the far right of the screen pulling on a yellow strap attempting to pull the statue down.
Law enforcement subsequently created numerous lookout bulletins in an effort to attempt to identify individuals involved in the destruction of the Andrew Jackson Statue.
These lookout bulletins were disseminated to every sworn officer of the USPP on June 25, 2020. Your affiant received telephone calls from several officers indicating that the white male individual depicted in lookout bulletin #LP-11 was possibly CANTRELL.
CANTRELL had previously been arrested on June 22, 2020, at approximately 8:30 p.m. (Arrest No. 532012936), in the area of H St., NW, and Lafayette Square.
During the June 22, incident, CANTRELL claimed to have sustained some injury during his apprehension and was later transported to GW Hospital by USPP Officers McDonald and Ochocki. Both Officers maintained watch over CANTRELL and were in close contact with him for approximately 3 hours.
Given the period of time that the two officers spent with CANTRELL, your affiant sent the following picture to both officers and asked them to review it:
The citizens of the United States never voted to allow this anarchist to rule them and for him to decide what history is destroyed and what is kept.
After receiving the image, Officer McDonald advised your affiant that he reviewed the picture and recognized the subject in it to be the same individual who he guarded on the hospital detail known to him as SMITH (the individual who Officer McDonald had accompanied to the hospital had provided a name of “Lee Smith” to law enforcement; a later check of police databases indicated that SMITH’s true name is LEE MICHAEL CANTRELL; although CANTRELL provided a false name, he provided his true social security number in the June 22, 2020, arrest). Officer McDonald stated he remembered CANTRELL by his hair and facial features, but more specifically by his full sleeve of tattoos on his right arm which extend from
the shoulder to the wrist. Officer McDonald remembered the “Flower” tattoo. Additionally, Officer Ochocki told your affiant that he too recognized the picture as CANTRELL and referenced the tattoo.
The photograph below captures CANTRELL and his right-arm sleeve tattoo:
SUSPECT 4: CONNOR JUDD
Finally, law enforcement also reviewed open-source videos of this incident and identified Suspect-4, later identified as CONNOR JUDD, a white male wearing a maroon button-down shirt, gray pants with a backpack and a brown colored face mask. Your affiant reviewed video of the incident posted on Youtube.com.
At the beginning of the video, JUDD can be observed holding a black pole with a strap tied to it and the other end of the strap tied to the Andrew Jackson Statue. At 0:02 into the video, JUDD appears to be yelling,
“get down off the statue.”
Your affiant reviewed additional video of the incident that was posted on Facebook by WUSA9 news.
At approximately 13:20, JUDD can be observed on the statue grounds pulling a rope tied to the Andrew Jackson Statue.
Your affiant also reviewed body-worn camera footage from Metropolitan Police Department Officers who were in the area around the time of the offenses described above. Body-worn camera footage of Officers Bedoya and Lopez revealed digital images of JUDD without his facemask in place while he is holding a bottle of water.
Through additional investigative leads, law enforcement developed a potential identity of Suspect-4 as CONNOR MATTHEW JUDD, who is currently enrolled at The George Washington University in Northwest, Washington, D.C.
On June 26, 2020, two images of JUDD from the incident were shown to an individual who law enforcement believed may know JUDD. The witness observed the first photograph and stated “I think I know. About 75% sure it’s Connor.” The witness was then shown the second photograph with better lighting and stated, “Oh yeah. That’s him.” When Agent Hoyt inquired if the witness was 100% sure, the witness stated: “yeah.”
Earlier on June 26, 2020, the first image of JUDD was separately shown to another witness who was identified based on JUDD’s affiliation with a collegiate fraternal organization.
That witness advised that the person in the photograph looked familiar, but did not identify the individual. FBI Special Agent Hoyt then followed up with the witness and asked if the witness was familiar with Sigma Nu. At that point, the witness stated that the individual in the photograph “looked like Connor,” but that the witness had only seen “Connor” once over WebEx. At the time that the witness provided the name, Special Agent Hoyt had not inquired about JUDD and merely inquired about the fraternal organization (Sigma Nu) that JUDD appears to be connected to.
Prior to Special Agent Hoyt showing the photograph to the two witnesses above, Agent Hoyt attempted to meet with two neighbors who live in the area of JUDD’s residence and showed those neighbors a photograph from the body-worn camera footage of the offense. The neighbors advised that they did not recognize the individual in the photograph, but stated that a bunch of guys “from GW” live in a residence identified as JUDD’s residence.
Your affiant believes probable cause exists to issue arrest warrants for GRAHAM LLOYD, RYAN LANE, LEE MICHAEL CANTRELL, and CONNOR JUDD for violations of 18 U.S.C. § 1361, Destruction of Property of the United States causing damage in excess of $1,000.
DETECTIVE SERGEANT CARL R. HOLMBERG
UNITED STATES PARK POLICE
Devin Montgomery Charged with Arson for Setting Fire to Unmarked Police Vehicle During May 30 Pittsburgh Protests
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A federal criminal complaint was filed today charging Devin Montgomery, 24, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with malicious destruction of property using fire or explosives. During a May 30, 2020 gathering of protesters, Montgomery allegedly set fire to an unmarked Pittsburgh Bureau of Police (PBP) vehicle near the Fifth Avenue entrance to PPG Paints Arena.
“Setting a police car on fire is a federal crime, and one that we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” said U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady. “This is part of our commitment to protect First Amendment rights. Peaceful protesters embody those rights and have the full protection of federal law. The people who choose to disrupt those protests with violence and destruction will face prosecution.”
“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives continues to work diligently toward securing public safety,” said acting Special Agent in Charge John Schmidt, ATF Philadelphia Field Division. “Setting fire to a law enforcement vehicle is never acceptable, even in these unprecedented times. The arrest of Devin Montgomery will undoubtedly send a message that violent acts will be investigated and prosecuted. ATF, with the assistance of our local and state partners in this case the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, is dedicated to protecting the public from violent crime.”
“The vast majority of protests and protesters in Pittsburgh over the past month have been peaceful, and we are committed to respecting peaceful protesters’ First Amendment rights,” Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said. “To the small group of people who choose to hijack the overall peaceful message of these protests: You will be held accountable. We will review all evidence and vigorously investigate any and all violence committed at protests through the Damage Assessment and Accountability Taskforce (DAAT).
Simply put: Violence will not be tolerated, by us or any of our law enforcement partners at the local, state, and federal levels.”
The criminal complaint alleges that on the afternoon of May 30, 2020, a public protest was occurring in downtown Pittsburgh in the area of PPG Paints Arena following the death of George Floyd of Minneapolis Minnesota.
At around 5:15 p.m., a crowd was marching down Washington Place toward Fifth Avenue. Upon reaching PBP Unit 3F04, numerous individuals began to inflict damage and access the interior of the vehicle. One of the first individuals to approach Unit 3F04 was a black male wearing a #84 Antonio Brown Steelers jersey, blue jeans, and dark-colored shoes.
The man also wore a dark colored bandana type of face mask covering the lower portion of his face as well as a black beanie on his head. Shortly thereafter, the man can be seen on video next to the rear passenger door, standing next to a person dressed in all black whose face is covered with a mask, and who is wearing a lighter colored backpack.
The man and the masked individual interact briefly with each other, as they each appear to be igniting items in their hands. Within seconds, the man in the Antonio Brown jersey and the masked individual each toss an ignited item into the rear passenger compartment of Unit 3F04, which results in an interior fire that eventually spreads and destroys the vehicle.
The man can be seen quickly moving away from the unmarked Unit after setting it on fire. Other video footage from later that afternoon and evening captures the man in the Antonio Brown jersey walking in the downtown area.
On June 17, 2020, the PBP posted several photos of the man in the Antonio Brown jersey on the PBP Facebook page with a request for members of the public to come forward with information to assist in identifying him. On June 18, 2020, the PBP received tips from two separate individuals. Both callers identified the man in the Antonio Brown jersey as Devin Montgomery.
Investigators then obtained a Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles driver’s license photograph of Devin Montgomery. In late June, ATF Special Agents identified a possible girlfriend of Devin Montgomery and conducted surveillance on her residence. ATF Special Agents observed an individual dressed in green pants and a black short sleeve t-shirt exit this residence with his face clearly exposed. This individual was positively identified as Devin Montgomery.
The PBP receive federal grant funds in excess of $10,000 as required under the federal arson statute.
Montgomery was taken into federal custody this afternoon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He made an initial appearance by video teleconference today before Chief Magistrate Judge Maureen P. Kelly in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
If convicted, Montgomery faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $250,000. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shaun E. Sweeney is prosecuting this case.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.
Matthew Scott White Charged with Arson of St. Paul Car Rental Agency
United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal criminal complaint against MATTHEW SCOTT WHITE, 31, charging him with arson. MATTHEW WHITE, who was arrested on June, 29, 2020, made his initial appearance earlier today before Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.
According to the allegations in the complaint, on May 28, 2020, an Enterprise Rent-A-Car building located in St. Paul, Minnesota, was completely destroyed due to fire.
On June 3, 2020, investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) examined the scene and determined that the fire was caused by arson and originated from within the structure. ATF investigators were able to identify MATTHEW WHITE, his sister and co-conspirator JESSICA WHITE, and another individual captured on surveillance video footage from cameras located inside and outside of the business on the night of the arson.
MATTHEW WHITE can be seen entering the business and remains inside for several minutes. JESSICA WHITE can be seen standing outside the business and knocking on the front window and looking into the front door. While inside, MATTHEW WHITE can be seen carrying a box and a garbage can into the back area of the business, out of the view of the camera. Shortly after, fire can be seen flickering in the reflection of the window in the front of the business.
MATTHEW WHITE and the other individual exit the building and join JESSICA WHITE and others who have gathered outside of the business in watching the fire.
The ATF and FBI urge the public to report suspected arson, use of explosive devices, or violent, destructive acts associated with the recent unrest. Anyone with information specifically related to business fires in the Twin Cities can call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit information anonymously via ReportIt.com. In addition to fires, the FBI is looking for people who may have incited or promoted violence of any kind. Anyone with digital material or tips can call 1-800-CALLFBI (800-225-5324) or submit images or videos at FBI.gov/violence.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted jointly by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the FBI, the St. Paul Police Department, and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley M. Endicott.
The charges contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
MATTHEW SCOTT WHITE, 31
- Conspiracy to commit arson, 1 count
- Arson, 1 count
MOHAMED HUSSEIN ABDI
Charged with Arson of St. Paul High School
United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal criminal complaint against MOHAMED HUSSEIN ABDI, 19, charging him with arson. ABDI, who was arrested on June, 29, 2020, made his initial appearance earlier today before Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.
According to the allegations in the complaint, on May 28, 2020, the Gordon Parks High School in St. Paul, Minnesota, suffered damage due to fire and vandalism. Surveillance cameras inside the school captured footage of ABDI and another individual intentionally setting a fire in the cafeteria. The footage shows ABDI reaching through a broken glass door and pouring a clear liquid from a white container on the floor of the cafeteria. ABDI then entered the cafeteria and poured more clear liquid onto the floor and into a trashcan. ABDI ignited a fire in the trashcan using a liquid-soaked garment. The footage shows ABDI running from the building as flames and black smoke erupt from the trashcan.
The ATF and FBI urge the public to report suspected arson, use of explosive devices, or violent, destructive acts associated with the recent unrest. Anyone with information specifically related to business fires in the Twin Cities can call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit information anonymously via ReportIt.com. In addition to fires, the FBI is looking for people who may have incited or promoted violence of any kind. Anyone with digital material or tips can call 1-800-CALLFBI (800-225-5324) or submit images or videos at Tips.FBI.gov.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted jointly by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the FBI, the St. Paul Police Department, and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melinda A. Williams and Emily A. Polachek.
MOHAMED HUSSEIN ABDI, 19
- Arson, 1 count
Timothy James Goodner, Charged with Damaging by Means of Fire a Parking Lot Attendant Booth During May 30 Demonstrations
Justin Herdman, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, announced today that Timothy James Goodner, age 19, of Maple Heights, has been charged with maliciously damaging or destroying by means of fire or explosion any building or property. According to the criminal complaint, Goodner was involved in an act of arson concerning the Shaia’s Parking Lot attendant booth on 1242 West 3rd Street on Saturday, May 30th, 2020.
Images and videos released from that day show a suspect setting fire to cardboard boxes and paper towels and then placing them inside the attendant booth.
“Today’s arrest demonstrates the continued resolve of federal law enforcement to identify, arrest, and prosecute those individuals responsible for the widespread damage in our downtown on May 30,” said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman. “This defendant is alleged to have committed arson during the riot that followed an otherwise peaceful, Constitutionally-protected assembly of our neighbors. Let this arrest serve as a reminder to all those who were engaged in similar crimes on that day – we are going to find you, we are going to arrest you, and we are going to hold you accountable.”
According to the criminal complaint, Goodner and other persons gathered around an attendant booth in the West 3rd Street parking lot during the demonstrations on May 30th. Images and videos released from that day show a suspect setting fire to cardboard boxes and paper towels and then placing them inside the attendant booth. Goodner is then observed contributing to the fire by placing boxes and other combustible products inside the both to help accelerate the burning.
Afterwards, the Cleveland Division of Police released images and video of suspects committing various criminal acts from the demonstrations to the media. Goodner was identified via these images from numerous anonymous tips by his clothing and a visible tattoo.
Goodner was arrested and booked into the Cuyahoga County Jail on June 22, 2020 by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on an active warrant obtained by the Cleveland Police Department for aggravated arson.