Protest leader at CHOP appears in court as stolen vehicle suspect, released

VIDEO: CHOP suspect appears in court

KING COUNTY, Wash. — A suspect identified as a protest leader at the former Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone and who was arrested in an incident on I-5, appeared Saturday before a judge who released him on personal recognizance.

The man, identified by multiple sources as a protest leader known as River, was arrested after a brief chase from Capitol Hill to I-5.

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A Seattle Police Department spokesperson wrote to KIRO 7 late Thursday that officers arrested a 21-year-old man for possession of stolen property and eluding, and booked him into the King County Jail.

The spokesperson wrote that he believed the property in question was a stolen vehicle.

The man was among the CHOP leaders who met with Mayor Jenny Durkan last week.

He is scheduled for a second appearance in court on Monday.