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May 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM

3 men accused of May Day violence plead not guilty

Three men charged with felonies in connection with Seattle’s May Day violence have pleaded not guilty in King County Superior Court.

Marcel Davis pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault and Joshua Irwin-Patterson pleaded not guilty to third-degree assault during their arraignments Thursday.

As the May 1 demonstrations turned violent, Davis, an unemployed 21-year-old with a lengthy juvenile criminal history in Spokane County, is accused of passing out large rocks to other demonstrators and hurling rocks at police, one of which struck an officer in the left leg, cracking her kneecap, according to charging papers. He has been booked into the King County Jail five times since October, jail records show.

Irwin-Patterson, 18, is an Olympia resident. As a large, hostile crowd moved from Fourth Avenue and Pine Street to Olive Way on May 1, an officer saw “a large baseball-size rock” hit the ground 10 feet away from him, charging papers say. That officer and another then saw a man — later identified as Irwin-Patterson — dressed all in black advance from the crowd, pick up the same rock and cock his arm back, ready to throw it, the papers say.

The officers yelled warnings to each other and Irwin-Patterson put the rock in his pocket and tried to blend back into the crowd, but officers grabbed him and arrested him, the papers say.

A third May Day defendant, Gerardo A. Hernandez, 18, pleaded not guilty Monday to third-degree assault. He’s accused of throwing a bottle that hit a bicycle officer in the leg during the melee in the 400 block of Olive Way, charging papers say.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: assault, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, May Day


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