'Antifa' Thug Wanted for Inciting Pittsburg Riot Escorted to Cops by 'Mommy & Daddy'
20-year-old Brian Jordan Bartels taken to police station by parents
A suspected Antifa member, who was wanted by the authorities for allegedly inciting a riot in Pittsburgh, received a protective escort to the police station from his "mommy and daddy" when he turned himself over to the cops on Monday.
20-year-old Brian Jordan Bartels was wanted for questioning by Pittsburgh Police after video emerged allegedly showing him attacking a local law enforcement vehicle and seemingly riling crowds up to turn violent.
Officers were investigating the destruction of a police SUV when they received an anonymous tip from the suspect's co-worker at Amazon.
Bartels was recognized from the footage that was filmed at the scene of the crime, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
On Saturday, the vehicle was tagged with spray paint and then set on fire.
Police officers eventually arrived on horseback and managed to disperse the rioters.
According to a criminal complaint and eyewitness accounts, a woman tried to stop Bartels from damaging the SUV, The Daily Caller reported.
She says he gave her the finger and proceeded to break the car’s windows.
#BREAKING NEWS: Pittsburgh Police say 20 year old Brian Bartels is the man who incited riots in downtown #Pittsburgh yesterday. This is video taken of him destroying a police cruiser. An arrest warrant has been issued. https://t.co/AFYsrV2vsD— Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) June 1, 2020
*WARNING* Explicit Language pic.twitter.com/CNmoVHx7Fn
After Bartels was identified, police executed a search warrant at his home Sunday, breaking down the front and back doors when no one responded.
They found two guns, six spray paint cans, and the sweatshirt worn by Bartels during the demonstration, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The 20-year-old turned himself in Monday and was escorted by his parents and an attorney.
Local news reporters attempted to ask him questions but Bartels ignored them as he walked into the station.
The Antifa kid who police say incited riot in Pittsburgh has been arrested and watching him turn himself in with mommy and daddy is the absolute greatest thing on the internet today.pic.twitter.com/pTZUPV9XZL— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) June 1, 2020
He was referred to as “Antifa kid” in a Monday tweet by Jason Howerton, but any affiliation with Antifa is unclear.
Bartels faces multiple felony charges including criminal mischief, institutional vandalism, and riot.
The events that took place in Pittsburgh over the weekend mirrors an unfolding situation across the country, where many protests over the death of George Floyd while in police custody have escalated into riots.
The destruction of police vehicles, looting of businesses, and violence has occurred in several major cities as law enforcement groups scramble to stop the chaos.