Wednesday, November 24, 2010


David Japenga

Pittsburgh police believe that protesters smashed several windows at businesses in Oakland Tuesday night on the University of Pittsburgh campus, several hours after a G-20 protester was sentenced to six to 18 months in jail for vandalizing Oakland businesses last year. The windows were broken Tuesday at around 8 p.m. at the PNC Bank at Fifth Avenue and Craig Street and at a vacant space across the street that used to house Camille's Sidewalk Cafe, adjacent to a Citizen's Bank. Police are not certain who the vandals were, but about 10 to 15 protesters were in the area at the time, said Lt. Reilly, who described them as "goofballs from G-20." "No one apparently saw it happen," he said. The damage was severe at the PNC branch, where two 30-foot-long sections of floor-to-ceiling windows were broken, one section along Craig Street and one section along the bank's back side. Several of the windows had baseball- or softball-sized holes and cracks several feet long. At the former cafe across Craig Street, two mirrored window panels were broken and cracked. The G-20 protester sentenced Tuesday morning, David Japenga, 21, of Lawrenceville, had been convicted of breaking windows in September 2009. Mr. Japenga told Allegheny County Judge Edward J. Borkowski at his sentencing that he had a lot of time to reflect on his actions and recognizes now that they were inappropriate. The 21-year-old man was also ordered to pay $15,000 restitution. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazett

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