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Akron man facing numerous charges after riding a motorcycle in a crowd of protesters, police say

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Posted at 11:22 AM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 11:40:54-04

AKRON, Ohio — An Akron man has been arrested for allegedly inducing panic during a local protest by riding his motorcycle into a crowd of protesters who were in the street, according to a report from the Akron Police Department.

Garry Rutherford, 54, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, menacing, inducing panic and drug paraphernalia.

Officers responded to the 2200 block of Newton Street for a crowd of over 40 protesters in front of Kelvington’s Auto.

Rutherford, who was riding a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle, was seen revving the engine and driving recklessly, according to police.

Police said he rode into the crowd of protesters in the street. Several protesters told police they were almost hit, and some could hear him threatening to kill everyone.

When officers stopped and arrested him, they found a metal rod under his shirt. Drug paraphernalia was also found.

Rutherford is currently in the Summit County Jail.