No bond for man charged in Lee monument incident

No bond for man charged in Lee monument incident
Matthew Frezza (Source: Richmond Jail)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The man, Matthew Frezza, arrested after an altercation near the Lee statue was denied bond after a court appearance Monday morning.

Police said the incident happened just before 1 a.m. on Friday, and officers in the area near the Robert E. Lee circle saw protesters in the roadway with their bicycles where several pickup trucks approached them.

Police said the protesters and the drivers exchanged words before one pickup sped off and another pickup truck driver drove toward the protester, striking that persons’ bike and knocking them over. That person was not seriously hurt but police say they were checked out at the scene and not taken to the hospital.

Officers made three traffic stops related to the incident and detained multiple people. The traffic stops also turned up multiple assault-style rifles, handguns, ammunition and body armor. Three of the assault-style rifles and one handgun were seized.

Matthew Frezza was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and felony use of a firearm. Police said Frezza was the passenger in a truck stopped on Three Chopt Road.

His next court appearance is scheduled for July 23.

Correction: A previous version of this article identified Matthew Frezza as the driver of the truck.

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