4 arrested after protesters rappel from upper deck of stadium during Panthers’ game


CHARLOTTE (WBTV) — Four people have been arrested after a pair of purported protesters rappelled from the upper deck of the Bank of America Stadium during Monday night’s game between the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts.

David Baghdadi, 38, 35-year-old Angela Vogel, 29-year-old John Nicholson and 35-year-old Erica Madrid are each facing charges, including second-degree trespassing and resisting a public officer. That’s according to a group release and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s website.

The pair spotted rappelling down from the upper deck of the stadium around section 340. This is just outside of the press box.

The duo unveiled a banner than said “Dump Dominion” and linked to a website, which appears to be down.

At one point, the section immediately below the rappellers appeared to be cleared out by police or security.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department charged four people Monday night, saying they refused to cooperate with officers’ commands to come down.

The Charlotte Fire Department was then called to assist with a high angle rescue. The four individuals were placed into custody once the CFD assisted in bringing them down from the overhang.

According to a press release on DumpDominion.org, the group is protesting Bank of America’s role in “financing the planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Cove Point, Maryland.”

Officials have not said which of the four arrested were rapelling.

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