Chester men accused of smashing windshields in riots

RICHMOND – Two men from Chester have been arrested after authorities claim they smashed the windshields and windows of nine state-owned vehicles during protests in downtown Richmond last May.

Devon Atkins and Del’Shon Bell, both 20, each face one count of criminal destruction of property, according to an alert issued by police at Commonwealth University of Virginia. The alert says a VCU police officer saw the two men smash the windshield of a state vehicle parked in a VCU parking lot on May 30, at a time when protests against the death of a man black in custody in Minnesota have become aggressive.

“While inspecting other vehicles in the lot, located in the 700 block of W. Broad St., the officer also found damage to eight additional state vehicles,” the alert said. “Damage to all vehicles included shattered windshields and shattered windows. “

Further investigation led to the arrests of Atkins and Bell. Atkins’ Facebook page lists him as a VCU student, but police say he is no longer registered there. Bell has no connection with the university, police said.

Information on the bonds was not immediately available.

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