Five charged in April 6 Broadway riots

Five charged in April 6 Broadway riots

LUBBOCK, Texas -

More than a month after the chaos on Broadway following the Texas Tech men's basketball team's victory over Michigan in the NCAA Final Four Tournament on April 6, the Lubbock County District Attorney's Office is filing charges.

Javier Jurado, Alexander Sotomayor, Fidel Leon, Timothy Ramirez and Cole Saylors have all been charged with the crime of riot.

"Its not necessarily their individual actions, it is, but its more because we were able to identify these particular people, and the fact that they were participating in what is defined as a riot under the Texas penal code," Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens said.

Leon, the man whose car was flipped, was involved in damaging his own vehicle, Stevens said. It does not matter whether it was his own property.

"He was engaged in what's defined under the Texas penal code as a riot, and because of that, he is being charged as well," Stevens said.

A couple days after the unrest, Leon said some friends had set up a GoFundMe page to help repair the car. He denied it was a scam.

Police estimated the damage included Leon's car, a couch, 10 Lime scooters and a few city signs. The crime of riot is a class B misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to 180 days in jail, and/or a $2,000 fine.

However, the charges against the five could ultimately become felonies, Stevens said.

"There was an arson that occurred. There was significant damage to the vehicle. So, a felony level of criminal mischief was committed," he said. "There was also one injury that may very well constitute a felony aggravated assault."

Jurado and Ramirez are already in custody. Police are asking the other three suspects to surrender.

Stevens said he does not expect any other charges to follow, but that decision is up to the District Attorney's Office.

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