Greenville Police make 7th arrest in Sunday night uptown protest

Published: Jun. 3, 2020 at 4:28 PM EDT
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Another person has been arrested and charged in connection with Sunday’s destructive demonstration in Greenville.

34-year-old Shante Nicole Sutton of Greenville, has been charged with six counts of burning certain buildings, felony inciting a riot, looting/trespass during an emergency, assault on a government official, and failing to disperse on command.

After reviewing numerous downtown and store cameras, detectives say they saw Sutton entering Gawlik Stringed Instruments, located at 402 Evans Street, and lighting small fires on four separate occasions throughout the night.

Furniture and carpet was damaged inside the store.

Police say Sutton was also seen entering Coastal Fog, located at 330 Evans Street, and lighting a book on fire inside the store on two separate occasions Sunday night.

All seven of the individuals charged so far in connection with the destructive demonstration are from Greenville.

Additional arrests are expected.


Greenville police say there have been more arrests following a protest that turned violent Sunday evening.

Thirty-one buildings and thirteen police vehicles were damaged in the uptown area.

The protest on the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis began peacefully but turned violent with some people throwing rocks at police, breaking windows, and vandalizing police cars.

All of those arrested so far live in Greenville, according to police.

• Dennis Whaley, 29, was charged the night of the disturbance with failure to disperse.

• Bryce Poll, 20, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. He too was arrested Sunday night.

• Rachel Kinney, 24, was charged with failure to disperse, and assault on a government official. Police say she was arrested Monday.

• Alexander Pridgen, 18, turned himself into police on Tuesday. He is charged with inciting a riot, assault on a government official, and injury to property.

• Matthew Roberts (aka Dedan Wacuiri), 33, turned himself in on Tuesday. He is charged with inciting a riot, and injury to property.

• Police say a 16-year-old girl was also served with a juvenile petition for injury to property. The girl was released to her parents on Sunday night.

Officers say they expect more arrests in the case.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says Poll and Whaley were not booked into the jail so there are no mugshots available for them.

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