Facebook inciter Alexandria “Ally” Lyons posted the livestreamed video over the weekend during riots in Grand Rapids that left more than 100 businesses damaged
A 22-year-old Michigan woman faces up to 10 years behind bars for encouraging others to loot and throw bricks at buildings in a Facebook Live video, according to a report.
Alexandria “Ally” Lyons posted the livestreamed video over the weekend during riots in Grand Rapids that left more than 100 businesses damaged, according to an MLive.com report.
In the video, Lyons is seen swigging beer, likely stolen from a bar called Mojo’s in Grand Rapids, and showing off clothes allegedly swiped from F. David Barney Clothiers, according to court records.
At another point, “she is heard multiple times encouraging her friends and others to throw bricks or other objects at windows of multiple businesses downtown and at one point picks up a brick herself and mentions heading ‘back to the courthouse,’” the arrest The Grand Rapids resident posted video of a party at her home after the riots in which clothing stolen from F. David Barney Clothiers, 125 Ottawa Ave. NW, was displayed.
Photos of Lyons and accusations about her role in the riots was circulating on social media afterwards.
She and her friends allegedly encouraged others who were trying to break into an automated teller machine, or ATM, and allegedly helped themselves to jewelry in a smashed display case on the sidewalk.
“Defendant could be heard telling her friends to get her a gold bracelet because she already has silver ones,” police said in the arrest affidavit.
ATM destroyed by looters during the riots in Grand Rapids, MI., on Saturday
Protesters try to set a fire in downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday – Lyons has been cited as an instigator in these acts o looting and vandalism
Lyons is also accused of stealing jewelry from a smashed case on the sidewalk, telling her friends “to get her a gold bracelet because she already has silver ones,” police said.
Lyons was taken into custody after numerous people reported her activities to authorities, alleging she “was responsible for causing and creating a lot of damage in the downtown area,” police said.
While she was being detained at the station, police received videos via text message allegedly showing her kicking in a window of a county building during the riots.
Lyons is charged with inciting a riot, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, and malicious destruction of property, a five-year felony. She is being held on a $40,000 bond, according to MLive.com.
Grand Rapids descended into chaos over the weekend following a protest over the police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.