Denver man arrested on suspicion of driving car into officers during Saturday’s George Floyd protest
Police have identified the suspect arrested Sunday in a hit-and-run that injured three officers during the George Floyd protests the night before as a 37-year-old Denver man who lives about seven blocks from the Capitol Hill crash site.
Anthony Knapp is being held for investigation of several counts of first-degree assault and attempted assault, according to a probable cause statement filed by Denver police. All three of the officers struck by the vehicle late Saturday were injured.
Police originally announced that a civilian also was struck, and on Sunday described that person as someone the three officers were taking into custody — though they had no information on the person’s condition.
But a fourth victim is not mentioned in the probable cause statement, and when Denver police were asked about the discrepancy, a spokesperson said, “It was initially reported that a pedestrian was struck. We are still working to identify that pedestrian.”
Investigators connected Knapp to the incident after receiving a tip about a black Chevrolet Cruze with front-end damage and dark clothing stuck to it parked near an apartment building at 1025 N. Sherman St., according to the affidavit.
The vehicle was registered to Knapp, who lives in the apartment building. He was taken into custody Sunday as he returned from running errands in another vehicle, and he agreed to voluntarily speak with police
Neighbors told police they heard a man in the parking lot near the apartment building coughing and yelling about being pepper-sprayed or maced before they saw the man remove the license plates from a black Chevrolet Cruze and speed away.
They said that happened at about 9:20 p.m. Saturday, according to the affidavit. The officers were struck in the 1500 block of Logan Street at about 11:08 p.m.
A vehicle sped at the officers at about 65 or 70 mph and swerved to hit them, according to the affidavit. One officer suffered a broken leg, according to the police affidavit. Several other officers had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck.
Denver police did not release Knapp’s booking photo.
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