Teen faces felony charges after Trump speech riot

Sunday, June 5, 2016
Teen faces felony charges after Trump speech riot
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Marcus Griego, 14, is accused of hurling a rock at a police officer

ALBUEQUERQUE, NM -- A teen is in hot water after he allegedly threw a rock at a police sergeant during a protest outside a Trump rally.

Marcus Griego, 14, was arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico after being accused of participating in a violent spree outside Donald Trump's speech.

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"The commander actually witnessed Marcus throw a rock directly and hit the sergeant that was standing next to him," Albuquerque Police spokesperson Celina Espinoza says.

Police say Griego "laughed it off and kinda just pretended it wasn't a big deal."

The teen is now charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery on a police officer.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop.
AP image/Tony Gutierrez

The boy's attorney says Griego did go to the Trump protest but denied to parents that he threw the rock.

The District Attorney says they will prosecute the 14-year-old as an adult. His attorney says, however, the felony charges are an overreaction.

The Albuquerque Police Department agrees.

"We don't want to make an example out of a 14-year-old," Espinoza says. "We want to be able to guide and lead him in the right direction."

The teen is being held at a juvenile detention center. He has no prior criminal history.

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