A man accused of taking out hatchet while confronting protesters Wednesday night in Longmont reportedly told the group “All lives matter,” before pulling out the weapon.
Nicholas Fowler, 33, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony menacing, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, inciting a riot, and having an open container of alcohol.
According to a police report, a group of 50 people were protesting in the 600 block of Main Street when Fowler approached them and was “trying to solve a riot and problems by stating, ‘All lives matter.’”
While the report did not specify what the protest was about, Longmont police Deputy Chief Jeff Satur said he has seen Black Lives Matter protests in the area over the past week following the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.
According to the report, Fowler was drinking from a bottle of whiskey and then got into the face of a protester. When the protester told Fowler to leave, witnesses said Fowler pulled out a hatchet and held it up without saying anything.
Witnesses said Fowler then began to cut down a city sign and the started cutting a tree before throwing the hatchet and walking away.
A protester picked up the hatchet and later gave it to police. Police also found a bottle of “mostly consumed” whiskey when Fowler was arrested.
Fowler was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond and is set for a formal filing of charges on Tuesday.
According to online records, Fowler has two open criminal cases in Denver for assault on a peace officer and criminal mischief.