Ebuka Chike-Morah, 21; Alvin Joseph, 21; and Lakaila Mack, 20 all face multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree arson, two counts of possession and manufacturing of a destructive device and two felony counts of interference with government property. Chike-Morah is from Duluth, Joseph is from Lawrenceville and Mack is from Dacula.
Gwinnett County Police Department (GCPD) reported receiving a 911 call about one of their patrol cars being on fire in Duluth some time between 10 p.m. and midnight. Later on in the same night, GCPD received another 911 call about a police car on fire in neighboring Lawrenceville. This time, however, the caller reported that a dark-colored car had fled the scene. The car was dented, and a fire started on the ground behind it was easily put out with a fire extinguisher.
GCPD first tracked down Joseph and Mack; Chike-Morah was arrested shortly after. Officers reported that the three criminals used Molotov cocktail-style incendiary devices to set the fires, and witnesses have confirmed seeing three African American individuals running from one of the fires. The police officers also found accelerant in a vehicle belonging to one of the suspects.
Three suspects have been arrested in relation to arson of two GCPD patrol cars at officers’ homes.
Unrelated case: another officer found a smashed windshield & side window at a his home in Lawrenceville. Seeking tips @StopCrimeATL 404-577-8477
— Gwinnett County Police (@GwinnettPd) June 4, 2020
Footage from news broadcasts by WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, helped the authorities identify all three suspects as participants in the demonstrations in the state.
Chike-Morah had been interviewed by WSB-TV during a demonstration outside Sugarloaf Mills Mall, a shopping mall located between Duluth and Lawrenceville.
“I’m just trying to get the message across,” said Chike-Morah while he was at the demonstration. “We’re going to continue walking until we don’t feel like walking no more.”
Chike-Morah further told the news channel that he wanted to protest peacefully, but then changed his mind a few days later.
“They unloaded the bus trying to catch us but I’m not getting got,” he said. “I can speak for myself. I don’t know what they got going on. I’m just trying to go home and go to work.”
Joseph, on the other hand, was identified in a May 30 video published by the Gwinnett Daily Post. The video showed him and several dozen other rioters facing off with police officers who tried to stop them from blocking roadways.
The three suspects are currently being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail.
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Police officers struggle to hold the line against rioters and criminals
The engineered riots that occurred after the death of George Floyd have made it difficult and dangerous for police officers to continue maintaining law and order around the country. (Related: Democratic mayors are seriously considering DEFUNDING police departments amid persisting riots.)
In Georgia, several other police vehicles have been targeted by rioters. In Gainesville, Hall County, six patrol cars were damaged during a riot, and one patrol car was burned outside of a police officer’s home. In Lawrenceville, one unidentified rioter threw a brick through an officer’s patrol car. While police officers in Georgia are lucky that they only have to deal with vehicular damage for the time being, rioters in other parts of the country have escalated their attacks.
In Las Vegas, Nevada, one police officer was shot in the head by rioters while they were attempting to disperse a large crowd. The officer remains on life support. In Buffalo, New York, an SUV ran over cops, seriously injuring two officers. In St. Louis, Missouri, four police officers were shot while at a police line, and one former police captain was killed by looters while he tried to protect a local pawn shop.
The events of the past few weeks may be difficult to keep up with. To read unbiased and up-to-date articles about the escalating civil unrest in the United States, check out the articles at Rioting.news.