Turkish ambassador home melee leads to two more arrests
Two more people were arrested in connection with violent attacks on peaceful protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in D.C. last month, police confirmed in an email to The Washington Times, bringing the total number of arrests to four.
Sinan Narin of Virginia and Eyup Yildirim of New Jersey were both charged with felony assault and lesser crimes.
The arrests come after members of visiting Turkish President Tayip Recepp Erdogan’s security team, along with pro-Erdogan demonstrators, were caught on video attacking pro-Kurdish protesters engaging in an approved demonstration outside the residence of the Turkish ambassador.
Mr. Erdogan had just left a May 16 meeting with President Trump at the White House. Video captured by Voice of America showed the Turkish president looking on as the fighting began.
At least 11 people and one police officer were injured during the fighting.
Mr. Narin is seen in video footage with blood on his face and his shirt ripped open before running across the street and kicking pro-Kurdish protester Lucy Usoyan on the ground.
“I wasn’t paying attention,” Mr. Narin said in an interview with The New York Times. “I thought it was a man. I would never kick a woman,” he said, adding he was trying to protect himself.
Mr. Yildirim was also identified in the Times report as also kicking Ms. Usoyan while she lie on the ground.