Armed protester arrested last night in St. Petersburg, facing felony charges


Abraham Quraishi, age 26 of Lakeland, Florida, was arrested by St. Petersburg Police on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

St. Petersburg Police Chief Holloway and Police Majors were outside in front of Police Headquarters informing a group of protesters that 1st Ave N was about to open to traffic and they needed to get on the sidewalk.

Police say that Quraishi threw a spent plastic less lethal round at Chief Holloway and a group of Majors, narrowly missing them.

Firearm recovered followeing arrest of Quaraishi

While Quraishi was throwing the round, an officer reporting seeing a handgun in his waistband.

He does not have a concealed weapons permit, according to police.

He fought several officers as they tried to take him into custody. Quraishi now faces the following charges

  • Concealed firearm in commission of a felony (felony)
  • Resisting an officer with violence (felony)
  • Unlawful assembly
  • Inciting a riot (felony)


  1. looks like a winner. these are the idiots causing the problems. i love reading about peaceful protests last night….i hate reading when these morons think its time to riot. that is the issue really demeaning the whole point and tarnishing this poor guy who was killed. protest in masses. otherwise, its going to cause more racial profiling at the end of the day.


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