CHICAGO (CBS) — A man pleaded guilty Thursday to throwing a lit firework into a Chicago Police vehicle during civil unrest in downtown Chicago last May.
Jacob Fagundo, 23, of Rogers Park, pleaded guilty to one count of interfering with a law enforcement officer during the commission of a civil disorder. He could faceup to five years in prison when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert W. Gettleman on July 14.
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Fagundo admitted in a plea agreement that on Saturday, May 30 – during civil unrest downtown following protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police – he and others walked up to an unoccupied Chicago Police squad car in a garage at 30 E. Kinzie St. in River North. They shattered with windshield of the squad car and threw a lit firework inside, prosecutors said.
The police vehicle burst into flames, and the Fire Department had to be called to put out the fire.
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Chicago Police officers had parked the squad car in the garage while on duty during the civil unrest, prosecutors said.
Fagundo also admitted to spray-painting another police vehicle earlier in the day, prosecutors said.
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Fagundo admitted he bought the fireworks, lighter fluid, and other items a day earlier at a Chicago department store to bring downtown during the protests, prosecutors said.