Brian Bartels, Man Accused Of Starting Saturday's Riot Downtown, Turned Himself Into Police

Jeff Oravitz
June 01, 2020 - 5:34 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDK) - Brian Bartels, the man accused of starting the violent riots during Saturday's Justice for George Floyd protest in Pittsburgh, is in police custody.

Police say, Bartels, 20, turned himself in Monday afternoon around 5pm.

At the time of this writing, Bartels was being interviewed by detectives.

Video from Saturday showed Bartels breaking the windows of a police cruiser against the wishes of peaceful protesters.

Authorities, including the FBI, served a search warrant at a home in Shaler Sunday morning. Bartels was not there at the time, but investigators did seize evidence linking him to the crime.

He is facing charges, including institutional vandalism, rioting and reckless endangerment.

During a press conference Monday afternoon, city officials said more charges and arrests will be coming in the days, weeks and months ahead. They added the investigation could take years.

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