TAMPA POLICE MAKE ARREST FOR INCITING A RIOT, ASSAULT ON LEO, AND OTHER CHARGES
ARRESTED: Erica Schmidt (5/19/89); 11727 12th St, Apt 4, Tampa FL
CHARGES: Aggravated Assault on LEO x3, Throwing a Deadly Missile, Rioting/Inciting a Riot, Unlawful Assembly
OFFICERS: Officer 1: WM, 24 years @ TPD; Officer 2: WF 5 years @ TPD; Officer 3: WM, 5 years @ TPD (information is restricted in accordance with Marsy’s Law)
This offense occurred during civil unrest along Fowler Ave and at the University Square Mall. Detectives obtained evidence of a female advertising that she had rocks and inciting fellow protesters to take her rocks and throw them at law enforcement officers. In the video, the female is standing next to a silver Hyundai Elantra. The tag was registered to a white female by the name of Erica Schmidt, who matched the description of the female in the video.
The three officer victims were present at the scene of the riot when protesters intentionally and unlawfully threw rocks and other hard objects, causing them to take cover and placing them in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm. Schmidt, in her participation and actions of supplying rocks to rioters and inciting fellow rioters to throw them at law enforcement officers, is a principle to the above listed offenses.
On 6/6/20, Tampa Police responded to 11727 12th St, Apt #4 and found the silver Hyundai Elantra parked out front. After several phone calls and with the assistance of Schmidt's family, she ultimately exited the residence. Schmidt admitted to being present at the riots and that she and her boyfriend transported the rocks to the riot. She further stated that it got violent to the point where her vehicle was damaged and she was beat up by fellow rioters.
Schmidt was arrested, transported to booking, and charged with three (3) counts of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Throwing a Deadly Missile, Rioting/Inciting a Riot, and Unlawful Assembly.