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3 Rochester Officers Hospitalized After Rioters Storm Public Safety Building

Rochester, NY – Two Rochester police officers were assaulted and a third was injured when rioters stormed the Rochester Public Safety Building on Tuesday night and forced their way inside.

All three officers were hospitalized as a result of the attacks, the Rochester Police Department (RPD) said in a press release early on Oct. 14, according to WROC.

Details regarding the severity of the officers’ injuries have not been released.

The rioters were part of a protest that erupted after the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) arrested 50-year-old Nicholas Wilt in nearby Webster on Tuesday, the RPD said.

During the course of his arrest, deputies learned that Wilt was the subject of an outstanding warrant.

The warrant stemmed from a Sept. 12 protest in Rochester, during which Wilt was arrested on charges of resisting arrest and unlawful assembly, according to police.

He was due to appear in court on those matters on Oct. 22, but in an apparent mix-up, a warrant was issued for his arrest after he wasn’t in court on Sept. 22.

“It appears the bench warrant was issued erroneously when Mr. Wilt failed to appear in court on September 22,” the RPD said. “RPD will be working with Rochester City Court to determine how this error occurred, and to determine ways we can prevent future occurrences.”

Protesters descended on the Rochester Public Safety Building late Tuesday night to denounce what they claimed was an illegal arrest, WROC reported.

“Individuals arrived at the Public Safety Building to protest his arrest and entered the building,” the RPD said. “While inside the building, at least one of the protesters assaulted a Rochester Police Sergeant and another Officer with a weapon.”

Police did not provide details regarding what type of weapon was used in the attack, nor did it specify what types of injures the officers suffered.

Jordan Hughes, the 26-year-old rioter accused of assaulting the two officers, was arrested on two counts of second-degree assault, WHAM reported.

Police said that a third officer “was also injured in the incident,” according to WROC.

All three officers were rushed to a local hospital for treatment.

No details regarding their injuries or conditions have been released.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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