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Pittsburgh police identify those arrested in protest outside Allegheny County Jail

Megan Guza
| Tuesday, March 21, 2017 2:18 p.m
Allegheny County Jail
Morgan Prescott
Tyler Kobel
Anthony Ambroso
Ian Greynolds
Joshua Szymanski
James Griffin
Liam Swanson
Thomas Stiller
Blanca Chavez-Alvarez
Nicholas Hodgson
Raina Legrand

Pittsburgh police on Tuesday identified the 11 people arrested during a protest-turned-riot outside the Allegheny County Jail in Downtown.

Jail employees called 911 shortly before 8 p.m. Monday to report that a group of 20 to 25 protesters was setting off fireworks, banging sticks and metal pipes, and breaking jail and car windows, Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said. They also broke vehicle side mirrors, and a door to the Municipal Court Building was dotted with graffiti, she said.

Two bicycle patrol officers arrived at the scene first and ordered the group to stop, at which point the protesters fled in different directions. One of the officers encountered Tyler James Kobel, 25, of Altoona and attempted to arrest him, Toler said.

Kobel struggled, and another protester hit the officer in the back, Toler said. Kobel and the officer fell to the ground, and the officer pulled his Taser, prompting Kobel to stop resisting, Toler said.

The officer later received a medical examination because of a shoulder injury.

James Patrick Griffin, 25, of Allison Park charged toward the second officer, and the two scuffled, Toler said. A third officer arrived and arrested Griffin.

All 11 people arrested were apprehended along Second Avenue and the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, which runs behind the jail, and were found to be carrying drugs, weapons or both, police said.

Individual charges were not available Tuesday afternoon.

According to police, those arrested were: Kobel; Griffin; Blanca Chaves-Alvarez, 29, of Lawrenceville; Nicholas Baynes Hodgson, 36, who police said was homeless; Anthony Michael Ambroso, 26, of Upper St. Clair; Liam Scott Swanson, 25, of Squirrel Hill; Thomas B. Stiller Jr., 26, of the South Side; Joshua Shande Szymanski, 22, of Point Breeze; Ian Matthew Greynolds, 22, of Bloomfield; Raina Christine Legrand, 23, of Garfield; and Morgan Lindsey Prescott, 22, of York.

Charges include disorderly conduct, possessing instruments of crime, causing/risking a catastrophe, criminal conspiracy, criminal mischief, institutional vandalism, aggravated assault, possessing a small amount of marijuana, possessing prohibited offensive weapons and resisting arrest.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8519 or

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff reporter. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, or via Twitter .

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