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Accused SF Occupy Brick Thrower Had Previous Run-In, Faces Felonies

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SFPD says Jesse Nesbitt (inset) is the man seen hurling bricks into a crowd during a San Francisco May Day protest. (CBS/SFPD)

SFPD says Jesse Nesbitt (inset) is the man seen hurling bricks into a crowd during a San Francisco May Day protest. (CBS/SFPD)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) – A man accused of tossing bricks into a crowd of people during Tuesday’s May Day protests in San Francisco has had a previous run-in with city workers and will face felony charges, according to the San Francisco Police department.

Dozens of people were arrested early Wednesday as police officers in riot gear raided a vacant building owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco. The building has been targeted in previous protests.

According to a release by SFPD, Jesse Nesbitt was booked of charges of assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and vandalism for allegedly tossing several bricks into a crowd of people gathered outside the building at 888 Turk Street.

A bystander was hit in the face by one of the bricks, but he refused treatment at the scene. The incident was caught on camera by CBS 5.

CBS 5 has confirmed that 34-year old Jesse Nesbitt is the same demonstrator who was arrested on November 9, 2011 for throwing a bottle at a city employee who was trying to clean the encampment at Justin Hermann Plaza.

“That’s the same guy” said Michael Andraychak, a San Francisco Police spokesman.  “He threw a bottle at a Public Works employee.”

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Police said Wednesday that 15 of the 26 people arrested at the building occupation were not residents of San Francisco. Four of those live outside the state.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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