Scottsdale police have arrested six more people related to the looting that broke out last week at Scottsdale Fashion Square.
Scottsdale police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Watts said the six additional people arrested are all from Scottsdale or elsewhere in the Phoenix area. They range in age from 20 to 31. While some are charged only with trespassing and unlawful assembly, others were charged with burglary, criminal damage, weapons misconduct or trafficking in stolen property.
Scottsdale Fashion Square and surrounding businesses were badly damaged on May 30 when a group of 500 descended on the mall. The gathering was a response to the death of George Floyd, who died under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer on May 25. Protests in Phoenix and across the nation also turned violent that night, marking a nationwide outcry over police brutality.
Scottsdale police initially made 12 arrests in connection with the looting last weekend. A few days later, the department arrested eight more people and recovered thousands of dollars in stolen property, officials said. Scottsdale Fashion Square remained closed Sunday, and officials said it could be closed for another week as crews continue to repair the damage from the looting.
YouTube personality Jake Paul also faces charges of criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly for his involvement in the Scottsdale events. Paul said in a statement on Twitter that he did not engage in looting or vandalism.
The most recent arrests included a 20-year-old man who had damaged a Mercedes on display inside the mall and captured the damage on social media. Another pair of men were arrested together in Tempe on suspicion of possessing stolen property and attempting to flee from officers.
Military vehicles and National Guard troops have been spotted in Scottsdale this weekend in anticipation of more protests. A peaceful demonstration is planned for 5 p.m. Sunday along Wells Fargo Avenue.
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