Ohio Couple Arrested During Cleanup Sweep Of Atlanta Public Safety Training Center

A couple from Ohio has been arrested during the recent clearing out of rioters at Intrenchment Creek Park, near the future site of the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested and charged Virginia Heckel, 30, of Ohio with criminal trespass and Robert Rayner, 20, of Ohio with obstruction in the cleanup.

Last week, Georgia’s DeKalb County police and other law enforcement agencies had cleared out the area around the planned Atlanta Public Safety Training Center, which opponents have named “Cop City.”

The DeKalb County Police Department told Fox 5 Atlanta that “the multijurisdictional task force is currently searching the Intrenchment Creek Park looking for anyone in restricted areas who will either leave immediate or be arrested and charged with criminal trespass.”

“Law enforcement are also removing unauthorized vehicles and block the entrances and exits to the property with barricades,” Fox 5 Atlanta added. 

The cleanup came after DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond issued an executive order that made it illegal to enter Intrenchment Creek Park in response to  months of domestic terrorist attacks on police officers in protest of the training center.

Thurmond said that police officers have found “life-threatening” booby traps inside the park targeting them, and that more traps could still be there. 

“We know that there are dangers that have been discovered in this area and we are afraid that there might be other hidden traps that will not only injure and maim, but can literally become deadly for small children and pets and others,” said Thurmond.

D & B Staff

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