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3 Arrests Connected to Anarchist Events: NYPD

Monday, April 16, 2012

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crime scene, police, police tape (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Three men face disorderly conduct and other charges after their arrests Saturday night, which officials are linking to a series of anarchist-related events -- including an annual book fair – held in lower Manhattan this weekend. Two police officers also suffered minor injuries related to the events.

Both Alexander Penley, 41, of Manhattan and Nicholas Thommen, 30 of Salem, Oregon also face assault among the other charges. Eric Marchese, 24, of Brentwood, NY was accused of criminal mischief.

According to the NYPD, approximately 25 protesters scuffled with police officers Saturday night as they tried to smash windows at a Starbucks on Astor Place. Officials said some of the protesters had attended an anarchist book fair, an annual event held this weekend.

But members of the anarchist book collective, the group that sponsored the book fair, said it was the police who targeted them.

“It was all just a very fast, bum rush type of aspect,” said Elias Naser, who was working the door at a benefit concert for the book fair held that night at the Sixth Street Community Center in the East Village, several blocks east of where the Starbucks incident occurred.

Naser said he stood in the doorway of 638 East 6th Street and witnessed police aggressively arrest two men, who he says were just standing outside “drinking a beverage” and smoking.

He said the police activity put an end to the concert.

“We stopped it, because people in the back of the community center realized there were cops surrounding the whole building,” said Naser.

He then called Howard Brandstein, Executive Director of the Sixth Street Community Center, who then spoke with police about the incident.

Brandstein did not respond to requests for comment.

Mark Adorno, a security guard at 630 East 6th Street also said the police arrived with an intimidating show of force.

“They must have had like 80 cops out there last night, like there was so many of them,” said Adorno, who described it as a scary scene, as police locked down the block so no traffic could come in or out.

When he went to see what the commotion was about, Adorno said police officers had already put two of the men in handcuffs.

“All you could hear is the guy asking, ‘Why am I being arrested? Why am I being arrested? Why am I being arrested?'”

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Comments [4]

Guy Heller

Conservatives? It was the POLICE! NOT conservatives. This delusion of conservative vs. liberal is contrived. Get out the house and stop watching television. POLICE are becoming maggots by way of public apathy on all fronts of our society. There is a pervasive agenda which derives from public apathy and the Patriot Act of 2001. It's all been getting worse since 2001. NYC is a bag of sterilized manaquins except for those who stop buying crap from conservatives and liberals. POLICE are to blame for this. I don't see any conservatives or liberals rallying a cry of justice over this. Once again NYC will allow this to continue out of intimidation. The POLICE love it, are trained to love it, and that is why it WILL happen again, and no political lein will save you from ignorance. DO SOMETHING NYC!! Take back your freedom before it's too late, and stop whining through your fear of Arabs, Jews, conservatives, liberals and stop watching crap media for information!! This nation belongs to YOU, not the POLICE!!

Apr. 18 2012 04:54 PM
Louisa

I was there, too, and the only violence and intimidation that I was aware of was on the part Òf thÉ police.

Apr. 16 2012 07:52 PM
Wildboer from NJ

How long before conservatives use these anarchist protests to connect our national debt to Greece?

Apr. 16 2012 11:21 AM
seth tobocman

Thank you for the only accounr of Saturday's chaos that does not read like an NYPD press release.

Apr. 16 2012 09:30 AM

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