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Federal prosecutors filed paperwork confirming that the two attorneys who allegedly threw a “molotov cocktail” into a squad car have been offered deals to reduce their sentences.

Urooj Rahman and Colinford Mattis were facing potential life sentences for seven charges; among them use of explosives, arson, and conspiracy.

On May 29, the pair allegedly made an incendiary device from a bottle of beer, then threw it into a squad car during one of many riots that occurred after the death of George Floyd.

The two were caught on a surveillance camera, with Rahman purportedly holding the bottle in her hand just before the attack. Authorities later say they discovered another unused firebomb in the same vehicle on that video.

The two lawyers were pursued and arrested but pled not guilty. Their plea was not based on innocence but an argument that they were wrongly charged and being used as an example by the same people they were protesting. The details of the February 11 plea deal have not been released.

Mattis — a corporate attorney with Pryor Cashman until he was furloughed last spring — graduated from both Princeton University and New York University law school. Rahman graduated from Fordham University Law School. Both were held for a month without bail in the Metropolitan Detention Center, but the court eventually granted them release on respective $250,000 bonds.

After her release from custody, Rahman spoke to the press outside the precinct. “What I saw was targeting a property. No property is above a human life,” she said. “Destruction of property is nothing compared to the murder of a human life.”

“I understand why people are doing it. It’s a way to show their pain, their anger,” the Fordham Law School graduate said at the time, continuing:

I think the mayor should have pulled his police department back, the way that the mayor in Minneapolis did. I think that the mayor should have done that because if he really cared about his police officers, he should have realized that it’s not worth them getting hurt.

“This is the way people show their anger and frustration. Nothing else works,” she added.

According to court documents, prosecutors requested additional time to “enable defense counsel to review the plea offers with the defendants and for the parties to engage in further plea negotiations.”

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San Jose tortoise attack: Suspect arraigned, judge issues stay-away order for preschool

SAN JOSE — A man charged with brutally attacking a preschool’s beloved pet tortoise late last month and, after his arrest, returning to the school, was arraigned on animal abuse and other charges and ordered to stay away from the animal’s home for the foreseeable future.

George Robles, 40, was charged earlier this month and made his first in-person court appearance Wednesday following a series of delays that involved him repeatedly refusing transport from the Main Jail to the adjacent Hall of Justice, starting with his initial arraignment date on Feb. 3.

Robles was charged with six felonies covering animal abuse, commercial burglary, and vandalism. Deputy District Attorney Judith Sklar asked that Robles be remanded without bail, but Judge Vincent Chiarello said he could not grant that because the violence charged against Robles did not involve a human victim.

Chiarello set Robles’ bail according to the bail schedule set by the county Superior Court, which for all six charges tops out at $60,000. The judge also granted the stay-away order barring Robles from the Play ‘N’ Learn Preschool in East San Jose, where the tortoise, named Michaelangelo, lives.

Chiarello said in court Wednesday “there’s an obvious danger to the staff or anyone else who might have been present” at the preschool and described Robles as an “extreme danger to the public” before issuing the order.

Deputy Public Defender Jessica Burt-Smith asked for the court to conduct a mental-health assessment for Robles, which Chiarello scheduled for March 11. Burt-Smith also objected to Chiarello citing statements Robles made to investigators that were written in a police report, including Robles appearing to take credit for, and pride, in attacking the tortoise.

“Mr. Robles was not in his right mind on the day he was being questioned,” Burt-Smith said, adding that Robles has expressed willingness to receive mental-health services.

Robles was first arrested the morning of Jan. 30 near the preschool after a neighbor saw a man yelling and throwing things in the preschool playground and called police.

The preschool’s co-owner Tammy Lariz responded and discovered Michelangelo near his miniature log cabin, bleeding after being impaled with six-inch shards from a wooden garden gate post into the back of the tortoise’s shell. She also found a rake handle shoved between the reptile’s head and leg, which she pulled out, and shattered glass from flood lamps that had been unscrewed and broken on the animal’s back.

Michelangelo, a decades-old 65-pound African sulcata, was rushed to receive emergency veterinary care from Dr. Tal Solomon, and continues to be on the mend.

According to San Jose police and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, Robles was initially booked and placed on a 72-hour mental-health evaluation, and was soon released under the county’s $0 emergency bail schedule for misdemeanors and certain low-level felonies, aimed at reducing jail crowding during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prosecutors say a magistrate judge denied an officer’s request to review Robles’ bail.

A little over a day later, in the early-morning hours of Feb. 1, preschool director Yvonne Co arrived at the property about a half-hour before students were set to come in, and saw Robles inside the school grounds. He apparently had been holding a brick before fleeing.

A police investigation later determined that he broke in through a window and spent the previous night at the school, took two iPads worth about $1,000 and caused $950 in damage to the building.

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The tortoise’s blankets had also been yanked from its enclosure, a garden where it was kept after the preschool acquired Michelangelo from a rescue program four years ago. Much of Robles’ reported intrusion was captured on security video.

Robles, who in the police report was described as living in a van nearby on Dobern Avenue, was arrested a second time that afternoon by officers with the SJPD mobile-crisis response team. But an in-field evaluation found him ineligible for another mental-health hold, and he was booked into jail.

After his Feb. 1 arrest, a police investigation linked Robles to a break-in at the preschool three days before the attack on Michelangelo, in which $1,850 of electronics and other items were stolen. Robles reportedly admitted to that earlier break-in during a police interview, in which he said he gave the stolen items to other unhoused people.

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