ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A political merchandise company says it lost thousands of dollars in the Albuquerque Trump riots and one of the people responsible was caught on tape burning their stuff.
A company called The Political Mint sells merchandise at political events all over the country. One of their managers, Greg Richards, was caught in the middle of the chaos that unfolded after Donald Trump’s speech at the end of May.
“Hundreds and hundreds of protesters around, taunting you, telling you they want to kill you,” said Richards.
Richards says he’s never seen anything like what happened.
“I’ve been doing these political things since ’92. That’s probably the scariest moment I’ve ever had.”
Richards says the company never expected the violence. He says after protesters broke through police barricades, their merchandise stands were ransacked.
“We ended up having to get out of the area and leave our tables,” said Richards.
The company says more than $2,000 in merchandise was stolen then burned. Richards is a veteran and says the situation left him shaken.
“It definitely put a little bit of a scare into me, being in the army and everything like that, I’ve been in some different situations, but that was pretty hostile.”
While doing its own investigation the company found a video online. They say it shows their merchandise being burned and one of the people they say stole it. KRQE News 13 isn’t using her name or showing her face because she hasn’t been charged with anything. But APD says she is a person of interest.
On Facebook that woman denied stealing anything but defended burning things, saying she did it because “F**k racism.” The merchandisers say she still broke the law.
“I’d like to see her prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Richards.
KRQE News 13 tried to contact the woman seen in the video to let her tell her side of the story. She did not return messages.
APD says it has taken countless manpower hours to identify suspects from the riot and they are still pouring through video and pictures.