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3 more protesters arrested, charged with destroying Durham Confederate monument

An organizer said the protest was in reaction to the events in Charlottesville this past weekend, and said similar Confederate statues across the country need to be removed. (Source: WNCN/CNN) An organizer said the protest was in reaction to the events in Charlottesville this past weekend, and said similar Confederate statues across the country need to be removed. (Source: WNCN/CNN)
DURHAM, NC (WNCN) -

Three people were arrested Wednesday in Durham in connection with the toppling of a Confederate statue outside the old Durham County courthouse Monday evening.

The first person arrested and charged in the incident, 22-year-old Takiyah Fatima Thompson, was in court for her first appearance when the two new arrests occurred.

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Thompson was arrested Tuesday after the sheriff’s office said she helped destroy the near century-old monument.

Thompson was charged with:

  • Disorderly conduct by injury to a statue (Class II Misdemeanor)
  • Damage to real property (statue as a fixture (Class I Misdemeanor)
  • Participation in a riot with property damage in excess of $1,500 (Class H Felony)
  • Inciting others to riot where there is property damage in excess of $1,500 (Class F Felony)

Thompson, who had a lawyer with her, was quiet during her appearance. The judge ordered Thompson to come back to Durham County court on Sept. 12.

While Thompson was waiting for the judge to call her name, two people who were sitting in the courtroom were arrested.

Dante Emmanuel Strobino, 35, and Ngoc Loan Tran, 24, both of Durham, were arrested. Both chanted “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!” as they were being led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.

According to the sheriff’s office, Strobino and Tran were both charged with:

  • Disorderly conduct by injury to a statue (Class II Misdemeanor)
  • Damage to real property (statue as a fixture (Class I Misdemeanor)
  • Participation in a riot with property damage in excess of $1,500 (Class H Felony)
  • Inciting others to riot where there is property damage in excess of $1,500 (Class F Felony)

Tran and Strobino had both bonded out by 11:15 a.m.

Shortly after 1 p.m., the Durham County Sheriff’s Office announced a fourth arrest in the case. Peter Gull Gilbert, 39, of Durham, has been arrested and charged with the same four charges that Tran and Strobino are facing.

Authorities said more search warrants are being executed in connection with the destruction of the monument and more arrests are expected.

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