Multiple arrests in connection to Capitol protest

AUSTIN - Police and the Texas Department of Public Safety have charged multiple people in connection to the Dec. 9 protest at the Texas Capitol.

One suspect, identified in court documents as Robert Patrick Hewitt, 29, allegedly advanced gun-in-hand toward two officers who were making an arrest. According to the affidavit, Hewitt pointed the loaded handgun at the officers and could have easily struck one of them. When an officer made contact with Hewitt he allegedly tried to holster his weapon.

The Austin Police Department said that police and DPS officials were on Capitol grounds Saturday as opposing groups marched. APD said it made one arrest while the DPS ended up arresting four people.

Another suspect, 28-year-old Aaron J. Brian, has been accused of striking a DPS trooper with an axe handle and shield during the protest. According to the affidavit for Brian, he was with a group of approximately 100 Red Guard protesters who blocked a street ahead of the escort to counterprotest the march. Officers formed a line and ordered the wall of protesters to move back and off the streets. After the protesters refused to move, they raised their axe handles and shields and started pushing the officers back.

The affidavit states that during the altercation, Brian lunged forward towards a trooper and strick him with his axe handle and shield. Two troopers were injured when Brian allegedly swung his axe handle. Brian allegedly ran through the crowed after the trooper tried to detain him, and the affidavit states he was taken into custody shortly after.

A Facebook event entitled "No Sanctuary Cities" described as a protest was scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. Additionally, a video posted Saturday from the New Republic of Texas Facebook page at 12:33 p.m. portrayed counter protesters in attendance.

Hewitt has been charged with aggravated assault on a public servant with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony. He is being held on a $40,000 bond at Travis County Jail. Brian has also been charged with aggravated assault on a public servant with a $10,000 bond. According to online records, Brian is not in police custody as of Tuesday morning.

According to a report from KVUE's news partners at the Austin American-Statesman, the DPS arrests included: Quintin Hatt, 27, charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer; Nolan Eberly, 27, charged with interfering with the duties of a public servant; and Timothy Shirley, 22, charged with interfering with the duties of a public servant.

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