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Man arrested after Lee monument incident denied bond

Posted at 7:48 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 19:48:39-04

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.