Men arrested for suspicion of inciting a riot, released from Wichita custody

June 04, 2020 - 10:18 pm

Wichita police arrested two men in connection to a social media post encouraging people to riot, but community leaders came to their defense.

Police on Tuesday, released a press release naming Michael Boston Jr., 20, of Wichita and Rashawn Mayes, 19, of Park City, saying they were responsible for the post.

Police received information about a post on Wednesday, encouraging others to meet at 21st and Arkansas at 7:00 p.m. and then traveling to other parts of Sedgwick County to engage in violence.

Police said the post that was shared thousands of times throughout Sedgwick County and surrounding areas, causing fear and panic to citizens and business owners.

On Wednesday evening, officers located Boston and Mayes, and they were arrested without incident. Both are being held on suspicion of incitement to riot.

“Those who promote and engage in violence will be arrested,” Chief Gordon Ramsay said in a news release. “They will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, including federal charges.”

The investigation is ongoing, and the case will be presented to the United States Attorney’s Office.

Wichita city councilman Brandon Johnson says both men were released on their own recognizance. At around 2:30 p.m., on Thursday, Sedgwick County jail records show Boston and Mayes were released without prejudice.

Released without prejudice means that the individual has been released from custody without charges filed, however, the case can still be opened and charges could potentially be filed in the future.

Police say the case remains under investigation.

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