Bellevue Police Make Arrests Connected to May 31 Looting Events
After sorting through hours of video footage and conducting investigations, Bellevue Police announced they have made arrests in connection with widespread looting and vandalism that occurred in Downtown Bellevue last month. Police have identified more than 100 suspects now being brought in for questioning, with 23 arrested so far.
In one case, a 26-year-old man residing in Renton was arrested in connection with the looting, with Police recovering $19,000 in stolen merchandise, weapons and illegal drugs. Police expect to make additional arrests in the coming weeks as they build more cases.
“I was out there and saw people laughing and yelling expletives at us thinking that they were going to walk away without being held accountable,” Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett said. “Well, we’re starting to hold people accountable and we’re going to be making more arrests.”
Chief Mylett previously emphasized that none of those arrested were involved in the protests, and that looters used the peaceful demonstrations outside of Bellevue Square as an opportunity to commit crime.
"I didn’t even hear George Floyd’s name," Mylett said.
Watch the Police Department’s video conference for more details: