Prosecutors announce rioting charges for 15th person

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Charges have been filed against another person in connection to the May 30 and May 31 riot in downtown Grand Rapids, prosecutors say.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker announced Tuesday that Andrew Tyler, 28, has been charged with one count of rioting, one count of malicious destruction of police property and one count of malicious destruction of a business.

At this time, prosecutors say there is no information on when Tyler will be arraigned.

There are now 14 adults and one 15-year-old charged in connection to rioting in Grand Rapids.

>>TIMELINE: Rioters damage Grand Rapids buildings, set fires

Last week, authorities said the defendants don’t appear to be a part of any organized group and believe rioters took advantage of the situation.

In all, officials estimate rioters caused more than $2 million in damage downtown. Storefronts were covered in plywood after windows at more than 100 buildings were smashed. Artists painted murals on the boards, many of which focus on racial equity.

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