Metro Nashville Police say they arrested a man in connection with an assault on influential real estate developer Tony Giarratana during the May 30 protests.
Nicholas Barrett, 25, on Wednesday was charged with felony aggravated assault for allegedly striking Giarratana from behind with a skateboard outside 505 Church St. during the protest.
Giarratana suffered significant injuries and received treatment at a local hospital, the police said.
At the time of his arrest, Barrett was free on bond on charges of aggravated rioting and felony vandalism stemming from other actions on May 30, the police said. He is alleged to have thrown the skateboard at a marked police car en route to a call, damaging the vehicle. He is also accused of using the skateboard to break a window at the historic courthouse.
Barrett posted an additional $25,000 bond on the aggravated assault charge and was released from jail at 2 a.m. Thursday.
Giarratana gave NewsChannel 5 a statement. Part of his statement said:
As one who loves downtown Nashville and has worked hard to help improve the Church Street corridor, this is a painful and personal reminder to me of the need to provide safety and improve our downtown neighborhood – which has conditions that invite criminal behavior. Our Metro Police are stretched thin and can only do so much.
After Mayor John Cooper spoke at the May 30 protest, the participants took part in smashing police cars, breaking windows and spray painting buildings and cars, The Tennessee Star reported.
One of Giarratana’s latest projects is his plan for a jig-jagging skyscraper at a small YMCA site at 900 Church St., the Nashville Post said. The 33-story building would house workers for the planned Amazon and Asurion buildings nearby.
His company’s website lists his many notable downtown developments.
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