Law enforcement officials in St. Louis, Missouri, have served a warrant on a couple who defended their home when a large mob of angry demonstrators allegedly trespassed onto their private property.
Fox News host Shannon Bream confirmed the news in this tweet late Friday night:
BREAKING: Warrant reportedly served on St. Louis couple who stood outside their home with weapons as protesters approached. We're told weapon(s) seized. We've got the warrant and pictures for you at 11p – PLUS, Missouri @AGEricSchmitt joins us LIVE @FoxNews @FoxNewsNight
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) July 11, 2020
The nearly 300 left-wing demonstrators returned to the couple’s home Friday, following their first encounter last month.
In June, the crowd came across homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey. He guarded the property with an AR-15 rifle.
Last Friday, the demonstrators came upon private security that was guarding the home.
According to The New York Post, the group was holdings signs reading, “Black Lives Matter. Period” and “No Justice, No Peace”
Mark McCloskey was reportedly seen looking from his balcony, as his wife recorded the marchers on her phone.
“The photos also show private security guards setting up barricades and securing the gate prior to Friday’s new demonstration,” The Post added.
After the original incident took place last month, Mark McCloskey told a television station about guarding his private property with the rifle, “We were threatened with our lives, threatened with the house being burned down, my office building being burned down, even our dog’s life being threatened. It was about as bad as you can get.”
He continued, “You know, I really thought it was the storming of Bastille, that we would be dead and the house would be burned and there was nothing we could do about it. It was a huge and frightening crowd and they broke in the gate and they were coming at us.”
Attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon responded to the news by tweeting:
Missouri is a Castle Doctrine state, permitted among the broadest latitudes of any state in using even deadly force to protect yourself or your property. This couple used NO force, despite the imminent threat from a trespassing mob. The seizure of weapons is government overreach. https://t.co/CZI3w3GhpE
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) July 11, 2020
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner claims that the McCloskey’s defending their private property was a “violent assault,” and that authorities, “will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable.”
However, Albert Watkins, the couple’s attorney, tells Fox News that, “If Kimberly Gardner wants to press charges against two attorneys who are protecting their home and their family and themselves on their own property, I will tell you that it will be nothing short of the proverbial cluster f***.”