Brevard Sheriff’s Agents Arrest Antwan Hart for Encouraging a Riot and Solicitation to Commit Arson

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Hart was taken to the Brevard County Jail, being held on a $115,000 bond

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 33-year-old, Antwan Hart Yates of Melbourne, in connection with a Social Media post asking rioters to burn down Brevard County courthouses. (BCSO image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff’s Agents have arrested 33-year-old, Antwan Hart Yates of Melbourne, in connection with a Social Media post asking rioters to burn down Brevard County courthouses.

According to Brevard County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tod Goodyear, Yates was taken into custody yesterday evening after a warrant for his arrest was issued by Judge Jennifer Taylor, charging him with Encouraging a Riot and Solicitation to Commit Arson.

Hart was taken to the Brevard County Jail where he is being held on a $115,000 bond.

“The investigation began on Tuesday when the Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a Facebook post from the user, “Twan Zilla,” who was encouraging people to burn down courthouses in Brevard County,” said Goodyear.

The posting advised that the courthouses were located in Melbourne, Viera and Titusville.

“Agents were able to identify that the username “Twan Zilla” was assigned to the account of Yates. After further investigation, agents determined that the posting was created on a device under the control of Yates,” said Goodyear.

Agents were able to locate Yates who was taken into custody without incident.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to please call Agent Christopher Castiello at 321-633-8407 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward.

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