5 of 6 arrested after VCU riot appear in court

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Some VCU fans got a little rowdy after the team's loss in the Final Four.

Six people were arrested during the chaos afterward and today several of them faced a judge for the first time.

Dozens of people were detained but only six were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Today those facing charges from that night say they were just at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

VCU's improbable run to the Final Four ended with a bang after police used tear gas to disperse rowdy fans.

After the smoke cleared, six people were arrested, including Joel Torreyson and Tom Paxman.

Neither one of them are VCU students but drove from Northern Virginia to watch the game with a friend.

They left Richmond with disorderly conduct charges.

"I don't really think I did anything disorderly," Torreyson said.  "They were talking about people throwing back the tear gas and all this and breaking windows we saw the next day. People were burning stuff, but I didn't do anything."

Police in riot gear cleared fans off campus after some people set several fires and broke a few windows at some nearby businesses.

Police say the vast majority of fans celebrated responsibly, but it only takes a few bad apples to spoil the bunch.

Paxman says his only crime was being in the crowd.

"I was walking away from the cops, just got picked out," Paxman said.  "I don't know, I wasn't really doing anything destructive, but I guess I was just one of the unlucky few."

Dylan Dawson was another fan in court this morning.

He spoke to us after the hearing and says he was picked out of the crowd and arrested.

He says it was still a fun night, except for the whole being arrested part.

Hindsight is twenty-twenty, and Torreyson and Paxman say they would have been better off just staying inside after the game.

"We were just hanging out at a friends house," Torreyson said.  "Leaving was the worst idea I guess."

Wednesday's court appearance was to make sure each suspect has an attorney to represent them.

They'll return to court next month.

Prosecutors say they cannot comment on why these particular fans were arrested.

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