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A 38 year-old man faces two felonies for an altercation near San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria's home

A man pleaded not guilty on Thursday to firearm-related charges stemming from an altercation with protesters outside of San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria's home which resulted in gunfire.  
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Lonnie Crawford, 38, was charged with two felonies in San Diego Superior Court stemming back from an Aug.30 incident

A man pleaded not guilty on Thursday to firearm-related charges stemming from an altercation with protesters near San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria's home which resulted in gunfire.  

Lonnie Crawford, 38, was charged with two felonies at the San Diego Superior Court stemming back from an Aug.30 incident. He faces up to four years and eight months in prison if found guilty for both firing a gun in a negligent manner and possessing cocaine while with a fired arm, according to a criminal complaint. 

The altercation occurred outside of Gloria’s Mission Hills home during a demonstration protesting against police activities toward the unsheltered community. Nobody was injured by the gunfire during the altercation. 

According to prosecutors, Crawford got into a verbal altercation with some protesters after driving through the crowd with his pick-up. It was reported that Crawford fired at least one round into the air after entering a nearby apartment. 

Racial and social justice activist Tasha Williamson, who was at the Aug. 30 protest and attended the arraignment, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that Crawford threatened to shoot demonstrators in the face, and some believed the man pointed the gun above their heads.

After the arraignment, District Attorney Summer Stephan issued a statement regarding Crawford's charges. 

“These felony charges reflect the seriousness of the defendant’s actions and the danger he posed to the protesters who were clearly victimized by his actions,” Stephan said. “I want to be clear that everyone’s right to protest peacefully must be safeguarded and anyone who harms that right through illegal conduct will face consequences.”

Crawford remains free on a $50,000 bail. He attended his arraignment via a video conferencing platform as a safeguard against the spread of COVID-19.