May Day rioting suspect: 'I was caught up in the moment'

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by LINDA BYRON / KING 5 News

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Posted on May 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Updated Monday, May 6 at 7:55 PM

Despite a call to arms on a website for Puget Sound Anarchists, three people who went before a judge Monday accused of May Day violence were on their own.  No one came to support them.  Instead the courtroom was packed with journalists.

On May Day, hoods, masks, bandanas and other disguises gave anonymity to many of those wreaking havoc in the streets of Seattle. Nearly a week later, in the light of a courtroom at the King County jail, the identities of at least some of the alleged perpetrators were revealed.

Josh Wollstein of Tacoma was in the middle of the melee at 5th & Olive as protestors stopped marching, blocked streets and threw rocks and bottles at police.   He admits to turning over a trash can.

"I feel it would be incredulous to say that I did not add to the chaos, I did. I was caught up in the moment.  I do not feel that I am a bad person,” said Wollstein following his brief court appearance.

But Wollstein wouldn't say if he hurled anything at officers. Despite wearing the trademark black clothing on May Day with a baseball cap, sunglasses and dark bandana covering his face, Wollstein said he's no anarchist.

"Absolutely not; when I was a teenager I was deluded by utopian dreams of anarchy and freedom for all and we don’t need any rules. That does not a modern society make,” he said.

Wollstein said he took part in the May Day protests as an anti-capitalist and libertarian.  He's charged with felony rioting and will be formally arraigned on May 20th.

Asked if he damaged property or assaulted anyone, Wollstein responded:  “I hurt no human being that I know of.  At this point, I will be pleading not guilty and as such I don't want to incriminate myself or corrupt the case."

Wollstein was for the most part complimentary of police. 

“I did see some tackles I didn’t think appropriate but overall very good conduct. I respect them,”   he said.

Wollstein said he was “disappointed” there was no show of support in court for him and other May Day suspects.

Twenty-eight-year-old Raymond Thomas Miller of Shelton also appeared in court on a felony assault charge, and is accused of violently shoving a police officer.  Following his court hearing Miller was asked if he shoved the officer. 

"That I am not aware of, to my knowledge that did not happen,” Miller said. 

Miller said he was just in Seattle shopping with his girlfriend and got caught in the chaos. His arraignment is scheduled for May 20.

A third man who appeared in court was given unconditional release because prosecutors failed to file charges following his arrest.

Joshua Ryan Patterson of Olympia remains in jail with bail set at $20,000.  He’s charged with 3rd degree assault.  According to charging documents, Patterson was seen wearing black clothing, with a bandana covering the lower part of his face, and was about to throw a large rock at police when he heard other officers yell, “He has a rock.” 

Patterson was allegedly arrested with the rock in his possession as he tried to duck back into the crowd.

Marcel Lamar Davis is charged with 2nd degree assault and is in jail with bail set at $60,000.  According to court documents, detectives observed Davis passing large rocks to demonstrators and throwing rocks at a line of uniformed officers.

Gerardo Arturo Hernandez of Seattle was charged with 3rd degree assault with bail set at $5,000.  Prosecutors allege Hernandez threw a glass bottle that struck a police officer in the leg. 

May Day protest charging documents

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