28-Year-Old Man Arrested Outside Charlotte Convention Center As RNC Kicks Off

The Latest (8/25/20):

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say a 28-year-old man was arrested Monday morning after he was seen jumping over a four-foot fence outside of the Charlotte Convention Center and unlawfully entered the security area near the RNC.

The suspect, identified as Andrew Haire, was observed jumping the fence near the area of East Stonewall Street and South Brevard Street. The fence was a pre-existing to prohibit access to the City of Charlotte’s light rail system, which was closed to the public for access due to the RNC events.

Andrew Haire First Degree Trespass Enter Or Remain Resisting Public Officer

Haire was quickly apprehended by officers and has since been charged with first degree trespass and resist/delay/obstruct a law enforcement officer, CMPD says. Investigators do not believe Haire’s intent was to interfere with the RNC.

Original Story (8/24/20):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One person has been arrested outside of the Charlotte Convention Center after unlawfully entering the security area near the Republican National Convention Monday morning, RNC Security says.

The individual entered the temporary security location but did not enter an area where delegates were present for the RNC. They also did not impact any planned events.

The RNC Security informed the public about the arrest around 10:20 a.m. on Twitter. Officials say CMPD made the arrest.

No names have been released. No additional information has been provided about the arrest.