Washington state resident faces charges in Delaware unrest

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Delaware Department of Correction

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against a Washington state resident charged with damaging a police vehicle during rioting that broke out in Delaware during a protest related to the death of George Floyd.

The complaint filed Monday accuses 21-year-old Adrian Wood of engaging in civil disorder that obstructs, impedes, or interferes with a law enforcement officer engaged in lawful performance of his official duties. The felony offense carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The complaint alleges that an officer with the Wilmington Police Department saw Wood throw a brick through the back window of a marked police cruiser during a protest May 30. Wood, who was sporting green hair, was identified and arrested later that night by Wilmington police.

Wood remained in custody Thursday at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington, according to the Delaware Department of Correction. It was not known whether he has an attorney.

Authorities said Wood initially gave officers a false name and birth date before confirming his identity. Officers found him with a six-inch fixed blade knife, a lock-picking kit and a backpack full of fireworks, according to the complaint.

The complaint states that Wood told Wilmington police in a June 2 interview that he was living at his mother’s home in Wilmington, and that he acknowledged shattering the police car window with a brick. Authorities said that after being arrested, he went back to his mom’s house and used his laptop computer to remotely lock his cell phone, which police had seized.

Wood was charged by Wilmington police with riot, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, missile throwing, criminal impersonation and criminal mischief. His bail was set at $7,000 cash.

On June 1, two days after Wood’s arrest, Democratic Gov. John Carney cited “police intelligence” in referring to an incident involving a person from Washington state during the unrest in Wilmington over the police custody death of Floyd in Minneapolis. The death of the black man touched off protests around the U.S. and the world.

“We know that a lot of these people were not from around here,” Carney said, without providing any details to support that claim.