UPDATE: "New York Times reported a long-time Occupy organizer was one of those arrested for attacking a NYPD officer with a metal pipe. 41-year-old Alexander Penley, is an attorney and has been an Occupy Wall Street organizer since the movement began in the fall. The group tried to use eight-foot-long galvanized metal pipes to smash windows."
Penley has been arrested in 4 other states in addition to NY including for burglary in California.
4/16/12, "New Violent Occupy Phase Begins: Assault And Destroy 'Black Bloc Tactic' Employed In NYC," Breitbart.com
4/15/12, "Metal pipe-wielding protesters attempted to shatter its floor-to-ceiling Plexiglas windows during a Saturday night riot"
4/15/12, "Black Bloc And Bottles Led NYPD To Close Tompkins Square Last Night," Village Voice, J. Surico
"At around 9pm last night, a loose pack of around 50 to 60 protestors took to the streets, looting and vandalizing storefronts and property in the East Village. Their targets: the windows of the Starbucks on Astor and the newly opened 7/11 on St. Mark's.
Using a tactic known as a 'black bloc,' the cavalcade that ran through the East Village dressed in all-black gear as a way to conceal their identity, promote solidarity and hide in the throngs of Saturday night party-goers if need be. This could explain why there were
- no reports of any of them getting caught.
At first, reports brought up a possible link between the black bloc and Occupy, members of whom had already been attending major protests throughout the day and a march at Washington Square that started around 7pm. But the coincidence was soon found to be false.
4/15/12, "Pipe-wielding 'anarchists' attempt to shatter floor-to-ceiling Plexiglas windows at East Village Starbucks," "2 police officers injured," NY Daily News, Slattery, Armaghan
4/15/12, "Panic as anti-government goons smash up E. Village," NY Post, J. Simeone
The melee broke out at 8:45 p.m. when a gang of 25 authority-haters, some wearing masks, wielded 8-foot-long metal pipes and tried to smash the windows of the Starbucks at Astor Place and Lafayette Street, police said.
Coffee drinkers hid under tables during the fracas, cops said.
The group had just left the sixth annual anarchist book fair being held at a church off Washington Square Park.
They then took to the streets marching against traffic chanting, “F--- the NYPD!” “Cops are murderers!” and “All pigs must die!” authorities said.
In addition to the Starbucks vandalism, a group of about 150 were seen tipping garbage cans and spray-painting anarchist symbols on storefronts, sources said.
One sergeant spotted, Eric Marchese, 24, smashing windows at several stores in the East Village, police sources said. He was charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
Two other protesters, Alexander Penley, [identified by the NY Times as an Occupy organizer, ed.] 41, and Nicholas Thommen, 30, were slapped with several charges including assault, criminal possession of a weapon and inciting a riot.
At least two of the three 'anarchists' had records of prior arrests in other states, sources said.
Penley, 41, was arrested in Boise, Idaho for allegedly breaking into a US Military processing station.
He'd also been busted in California for burglary, in Oregon for resisting arrest and in Utah for pot possession.
Marchese, who has a New York taxi driver license, had been arrested in New Jersey for improper behavior.
"As anger rises, riots on the streets of American cities are inevitable. “Yes, yes, yes,” he (Soros) says, almost gleefully. The response to the unrest could be more damaging than the violence itself. “It will be an excuse for cracking down and using strong-arm tactics to maintain law and order, which, carried to an extreme, could bring about a repressive political system, a society where individual liberty is much more constrained, which would be
- a break with the tradition of the United States.”"...