LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Authorities say arrests have been made in connection to vandalism at Pulaski County law enforcement agencies in August.
United States attorneys announced today’s arrests of four people in connection to “firebombings” on police cars. Brittany Dawn Jeffrey, 31; Emily Nowlin, 27; Renea Goddard, 22; and Aline Espinosa-Villegas, 24; all of Little Rock, were arrested.
U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland in today’s conference said that he hopes these arrests will send a message that violence targeted towards law enforcement will not be tolerated.
“Breaking into a police compound and firebombing a police vehicle with a homemade explosive device is clearly not a peaceful protest. Those who would target law enforcement with violent acts will not do so in the Eastern District of Arkansas without the full resources of the federal government being deployed to assist our state and local partners in bringing those responsible to justice. They will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland
According to the announcement from US attorneys, federal warrants were served “for incidents that occurred this summer in Pulaski County to police facilities”.
A criminal complaint was filed on December 14, 2020, that included numerous incidents of vandalism that occurred after protests were held at local police stations earlier this year. On August 25, 2020, a large group of protestors held a demonstration at the Little Rock Police Department 12th Street Substation. The following morning, officers arriving for duty noticed that several police vehicles in their parking lot had punctured tires.
According to the Complaint, surveillance footage showed that two people were moving near the parking lot after the protests, and a flaming object can be seen being thrown into the parking lot area. Witnesses stated that the Molotov cocktails were assembled at Brittany Dawn Jeffrey’s residence.