Atlanta Starbucks vandalized due to protest

3 arrested after protest at Midtown Starbucks

ATLANTA -- Three people were arrested Friday after police say they entered a midtown Atlanta Starbucks and vandalized the business.

According to Atlanta police, the three individuals were part of a protest of about 20 people who were near the Starbucks at the Midtown Shopping Center on Ponce De Leon Avenue.

A spokesperson with the department told 11Alive that the three people in question reportedly entered the shop, vandalized the location and got into confrontations with some of the patrons. As officers intervened to stop them, the three left the store and tried to run away, but they were caught and arrested.

One man, who asked not to be identified, could be seen in a picture calling 911 with the suspect's hands on his head.

"Someone started pulling my shirt and tore my shirt off, and someone else was trying to wail on me," the man said.

Police have now been identified the suspects as 29-year-old Casey Martinson, 28-year-old Nicholas Wolf and 29-year-old Katherine Carson. Martinson has been charged with battery with substantial physical harm, criminal damage to property, terroristic threats and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers by use of threats or violence. Officials have not said what the other two have been charged with at this time.

One witness told 11Alive they saw the protesters chanting and using megaphones near Boulevard around 7 p.m. Friday.

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Another witness in the store at the time said the protesters, who appear to be connected to an Atlanta anarchist group, were beating drums and chanting "end prison slavery." The group's Facebook page said they were protesting in coordination with a nation-wide prison strike earlier this week.

The second witness said the three protestors then went into the Starbucks and started smashing cups and destroying displays. The protesters also attacked a customer as they were trying to leave. Several officers arrived to break up the incident and used pepper spray.

11Alive reached out to the Starbucks location in question for a comment, but they declined to and deferred all questions to corporate.

Kali Mann contributed to this report.

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