The man, who vandalized an auto parts store in Minneapolis during protests over George Floyd’s death, is believed to have had ties to a white supremacy group and tried to incite tension, according to a new lawsuit.
At the end of May, a video was released on social media showing a black-clad Umbrella Man hitting the windows of an AutoZone store.
Police have identified the suspect under a search warrant, which was first reported to the Star Tribune and confirmed by NBC’s KARE branch.
The suspect is a member of the biker gang Hell’s Angels and a member of the Aryan Cowboy Brotherhood, a member of the white superfood gang, the letter said.
The man has not been charged and is not named on NBC News.
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Video from the crime scene May 27th. Shows that people nearby are trying to discourage a man, the letter says.
An email was sent last week. He warned the authorities by mail of the man’s intentions to “sow discord and racial unrest.” Minneapolis police officer Emily Christensen said in a statement that was made Monday.
“Until your loved ones called it an ‘umbrella’, the protests were relatively peaceful,” the warrant said. “The actions of this person have created an atmosphere of hostility and tension. Your loved one believes that the sole purpose of this person was to incite violence.”
Police said they later learned that Umbrella Man had written the words “free for all – an area for all” before breaking the windows with spray paint, stealing the windows beforehand, according to the letter.
The AutoZone site was looted and set on fire.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Aryan Cowboy Brotherhood is a well-known prison gang that operates primarily in Minnesota and Kentucky. It is unclear whether it is related to the Aryan fraternity, a gang of white superfoods that is believed to have originated in 1964. California’s San Quentin State Prison to combat a black prison gang during desegregation in prisons.
During the investigation, Umbrella Man was given a warrant to search for cell phone records and information about the cell phone tower.
Minneapolis police did not respond to emails or phone calls on Tuesday to comment on the warrant.
A few weeks after Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25, protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against police violence and reigned in conversations about systematic racism across the country.
Some protest critics have tried to discredit the demonstrations by mentioning cases of robbery or vandalism, even though the protests around the world were largely peaceful.