DOJ Makes Initial Arrest in Lafayette Square Monument Attacks – Identifies Three Additional Suspects…

AG Bill Barr previously highlighted the DOJ effort to coordinate with the National Parks Service to identify perpetrators who were attempting to destroy national monuments on federal property.  Accordingly, the DOJ has been searching for several suspects identified in video coordinating their attacks.  Today the DOJ announced first four suspects to be charged. One is currently under arrest, the other three are on the run:

WASHINGTON – Lee Michael Cantrell, 47, of Virginia; Connor Matthew Judd, 20, of Washington, D.C.; Ryan Lane, 37, of Maryland; and Graham Lloyd, 37, of Maine, were charged by criminal complaint yesterday with destruction of federal property, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Washington Field Office’s Criminal Division James A. Dawson, and Acting Chief of the United States Park Police (USPP) Gregory T. Monahan.

The complaint, unsealed today, alleges that on June 22, 2020, the four men along with other unidentified individuals, damaged and attempted to tear down the statue depicting Andrew Jackson located in Lafayette Square. The complaint further alleges that Cantrell was captured on video attempting to pry the statue off its base with a wooden board and trying to pull the statue down with the aid of a yellow strap.

The complaint alleges that Judd is seen on video trying to pull down the statue, and that Lane is seen on video affixing a rope to one part of the statue and then pulling on another rope tied to the statue.

The complaint also alleges that video of the incident shows Lloyd as he breaks off and destroys the wheels of cannons located at the base of the statue. Lloyd is also captured on video pulling on ropes in an effort to topple the statue, and handing a hammer to an unidentified individual involved in the incident.

Judd was arrested on Friday and appeared in Superior Court of the District of Columbia today. The matter will be transferred to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday, June 29, 2020, where Judd will make his initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather.

The remaining defendants have not yet been apprehended. (read more)

 

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348 Responses to DOJ Makes Initial Arrest in Lafayette Square Monument Attacks – Identifies Three Additional Suspects…

  1. California Joe says:

    So, with 400,000 ANTIFA and BLM ANARCHISTS rioting, burning, looting and beating Americans across the entire country the FBI is doing high 5s for arresting four clowns two blocks away from the FBI headquarters in Washington DC destroying the statue of a President of the United States a hundred yards in front of the White House. I’m speechless! Folks, we are in good hands now.

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    • 4EDouglas says:

      Problem is, the cities that are being hit are all dem and most won’t co-operate with the Feds anyway. and have said so. They would rather be in charge of a dunghill than hurt the precious basement dwellers.
      DC is all Fed and the FBI isn’t alone in this…

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    • formerdem says:

      Troll. Obviously the enforcement action is going to deter others and by some accounts had an immediate influence. Obviously also, you are making unreasonable demands so as to depress the GOP vote unless Trump succeeds in stopping all vandalism and wrongdoing whatsoever. Go away.

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    • formerdem says:

      Troll. Obviously the enforcement action is going to deter others and by some accounts had an immediate influence. Obviously also, you are making unreasonable demands so as to depress the GOP vote unless Trump succeeds in stopping all vandalism and wrongdoing whatsoever.

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  2. mugzey302 says:

    Make sure the accomplices aiding the fugitives are charged as accessories after the fact, along with the aiding and abetting charge!

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  3. why did the park police allow these four to climb on the statue? it’s not as though the intentions of the “protesters” isn’t known. you can see the WH in the background.
    trump could have seen them out of the window!!
    yet another indication that the entire system is broken. democrats, republicans, liberals and conservatives are all guilty of failing to honor their oath of office.

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  4. Angel says:

    When the democrats say “We are all in this together”, it means they are in on all these plans to destroy and terrorize. That is why they don’t do anything on crime or chaos. They want all these things to happen to interrupt voting, to put fear into people, for no rallies, no debates, and for them to cheat on the ballots. All a big plan. Every four years for the election they do the same.
    We must go out to vote, flip the House and stay with the Senate or more schemes will be made that are bad for this country. I rather vote for the worst republican then vote for one demon rat.

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    • David says:

      That’s what I’ve been doing for the last 48 years. Always voting for The Republican because a bad Republican can be better than any Democrat. A few Republicans have shown me that they’re not that good, Susan Collins and that ugly woman from Alaska Lisa murkowski. I know that’s kind of shallow of me to say that. I will continue to vote for Republicans although I do not consider myself a Republican. I’m more of a constitutionalist. But I’d rather be carried out standing up then killed on my knees.

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  5. jay says:

    I’ve said his before and will keep saying this.

    Communism as an ideology must be made illegal in the United States.

    There are plenty of places communists can go to enjoy the fruits of their destructive ways.

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  6. Pegon Zellschmidt says:

    Defendant will face Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather. Judge Meriweather was awarded her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1998, after serving as Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal, a Coker Fellow, and 𝙋𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘽𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙇𝙖𝙬 𝙎𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝘼𝙨𝙨𝙤𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣.
    After law school, Judge Meriweather 𝙨𝙚𝙧𝙫𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙨 𝙖 𝙡𝙖𝙬 𝙘𝙡𝙚𝙧𝙠 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙃𝙤𝙣𝙤𝙧𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙈𝙚𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙠 𝘽. 𝙂𝙖𝙧𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙙 on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

    As for the others yet apprehended, has anyone checked the U of Chicago English Dept?

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  7. sturmudgeon says:

    Sundance: Thanks for the photos. I certainly folks with a conscience, identify these ‘happy thugs’ and destroy their lives altogether. They appear to be enjoying the hell out of doing this despicable stuff. The punishment(s), if they are arrested, MUST be very harsh, to deter others.

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  8. Jimmy Jack says:

    My assumption is that Trump knows who is behind this and what else they’re planning. He’s looking to expose a network, funding and to stop their future terror attacks. Just my guess.

    Liked by 1 person

    • fionnagh says:

      I’ll go along with your guess. It surely beats despair.

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    • nbkilgore says:

      No doubt, they know the culprits front and forward, now they’re stacking the charges and stacked charges adds up a lot of years. When one is looking at stacked charges, that criminal will be more than willing to co-ope-rate and the flip is complete. Seen happen many many times and it is very effective. The reporting of these particular indictments are most likely the prestorm of indictments, they will serve as a smoke screen and then suddenly there will be the grand rumble of unsealed indictments, the signs are there.

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  9. ald42 says:

    So, will they be tried in DC? And what would be the odds of conviction?

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