GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A second person has been formally charged in connection to the rioting in downtown Grand Rapids Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker told News 8 that Alexandria Lyons, 22, of Grandville, was charged with one count of inciting a riot and one count of malicious destruction of property. She’s accused of encouraging the destruction of windows at 82 Ionia Avenue, which houses the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office.
Lyons, who has a history of drug convictions and was involved in a social media indecent exposure case in 2014, was arraigned on the charges on Tuesday morning. She is currently being held at the Kent County jail.
On Monday, Adrian Baker, 18, was the first formal charged in connection to Saturday’s rioting. The teen, originally from Gobles but now living in Grand Rapids, was charged with riot and larceny charges for allegedly breaking into the Biggby Coffee shop on Monroe Center across from Rosa Parks Circle and stealing the “We’re Open” sign. The judge gave him a $5,000 bond.
Becker said this was the first time he has issued “riot” charges, which the law describes as “five or more persons, acting in concert, to wrongfully engage in violent conduct, thereby intentionally or recklessly causing/creating serious risk of public terror or alarm.”