RICHMOND, Va. -- A Richmond judge denied bond for a man accused of being involved in an incident with protesters at the Lee monument in Richmond. Matthew Lee Frezza is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
"Richmond Police Department officers in the area of the Robert E. Lee circle [at about 12:55 a.m. Friday, June 12] observed individuals in the traffic lanes dismounted with their bicycles. Several pick-up trucks approached them. Words were exchanged between the individuals and the drivers of the pick-up trucks," a Richmond Police spokesperson said. "One pick-up truck sped off and then another pickup truck ran over a bicycle while fleeing the area."
Police then detained multiple people at three locations:
- 2700 block of Hanover Avenue
- The Huguenot Bridge
- 6500 block of Three Chopt Road
"The traffic stops revealed multiple assault-style rifles, handguns, ammunition, and body armor," a Richmond Police spokesperson said. "Three assault-style rifles and one handgun were seized."
A person who claims he was hit during the incident has come forward and spoken with police.