April 13th 2020 was a busy night for the Asheville Police Department. APD first put out a public alert that a group planned on protesting the death of Daunte Wright. The groups flyers were in Antifa fashion and asked people to “get angry.” Skyline has learned approximately tweenty protestors showed up at the Vance Moment.
Sources tell Skyline the group did have frozen water bottles and something that “looked to be a lock or something with weight in a sock carried by a couple of people.” The group then chanted and instigated civil unrest.
After the chanting, one man was caught on video sneaking up on an APD police vehicle. The man looked like he did something to the side of the vehicle. As an officer walked toward him the man walked away. The officer inspects the vehicle and drives off. The man is then seen knocking over news stands. The video was taken along downtown Patton Ave.
Woman Set On Fire
Sources tell Skyline a homeless woman was set on fire last night in downtown. Source said, “Last night a crazy man tried to set a woman on fire sleeping on the porch at the Thirsty Monk. She didnt know him. Shane that works at the Yacht Club saved the woman.” Source said, “The man ran down the street bragging about setting the woman on fire. It was a small fire.” Source said, “Just spoke to APD. The man that tried to set a woman on fire was arrested. A group of guys ran after him held him down till the police got there.”
Skyline tried to reach “Shane” at the Yacht Club and the manager of the Thirsty Monk for comment but could not reach them.
Shopping Carts On The Jeff Bowen / Westgate Bridge
There have been several reports of someone setting out shopping carts on the Jeff Bowen / Westgate Bridge on the west bound lane. The shopping carts are said to be turned in a way that they are hard to see. Reports that kids hide in the breezeway, that leads to Hillcrest Apartments, wait to watch cars hit the carts.
The West Asheville Exchange also reported shipping carts on the bridge.
Man Arrested For Homicide – $750,000.00 Bond
The Asheville Police Department and the BC Sheriffs Office has not replied to Skyline as to the arrest of a Courtney Nifong and we are not sure which agency arrested him. Nifong has been arrested for a homicide, malicious maiming, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and felony possession of a firearm.