G20 Protester Faces Vandalism Trial In Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) ― Jury selection is set to begin for a man accused of breaking store windows during the Group of 20 economic summit protests in Pittsburgh last year.

Twenty-one-year-old David Japenga, of Pittsburgh, was one of about 190 people arrested for various protest-related activities last September.

Japenga is charged with criminal mischief and other crimes for allegedly breaking the windows.

Japenga moved from Oakland, Calif., to volunteer at a food bank aligned with anarchist activists three months before protesting the gathering of international leaders.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Japenga appeared in court Monday and an Allegheny County judge ordered jury selection to begin after Japenga rejected a plea agreement.

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