ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Two out-of-town men were arrested Saturday night after refusing to comply to police instructions in Ferguson by impeding the flow of traffic, according to St. Louis County Police.
Authorities arrested Gerald Yingst, 21, and David Rodriguez, 26, who were part of crowds gathered in two different locations around Ferguson.
Officers arrested Yingst, who is an independent journalist based out of Washington D.C. for News2Share.com, near the intersection of South Florissant and Compton after police said they told the crowd multiple times to leave the road and get back onto the sidewalk. However, Yingst did not comply with the commands from police and was detained, police said. The arrest happened just before midnight.
Rodriguez was part of a crowd in front of the Ferguson Police Department. The crowd was told multiple times to get off the street and onto the sidewalk, but Rodriguez did not leave the roadway. He was then arrested. Police say Rodriguez was also arrested Friday night during the protests.
Yingst, from Pennsylvania, and Rodriguez, from Oak Lawn, Illinois, were charged with Unlawful Assembly.
According to St. Louis County Police reports, five of the 13 people arrested since last Wednesday are from out-of-town.