EASTON, Pa. (CBS) — An Occupy Easton protester faces an attempted bank robbery charge following an arrest at an organized event at a bank – during which the “Occupier” was holding a sign that reportedly read “You’re being robbed.”
According to The Express-Times, Dave Gorczynski allegedly held cardboard signs outside a Wells Fargo Branch that read, “You’re being robbed,” while the other said, “Give a man a gun, he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank, and he can rob a country.”
Occupy Easton reports on their Facebook page that Gorczynski “was at the bank protesting the theft of our tax dollars, our homes, and our economy by the criminal banksters.”
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Gorczynski allegedly did the same thing a short time later inside a Bank of America, prompting an employee to activate the panic alarm – reports The Express Times.
Police reportedly responded and located Gorczynski with the signs in question and arrested him.
“He is not the criminal. If the police were truly there to protect and serve the taxpayers, the banksters would be arrested and this man would be called a hero,” posted the Occupy Easton group.
Easton police Chief Carl Scalzo told The Easton-Times the investigating officers acted appropriately, saying, “I think our guys did what they had to do in this instance,” Scalzo said. “At the end of the day, if we get a report of a panic alarm at a bank, we’re going to respond accordingly.”
According to the group, Dave faces two felony charges including Attempted Bank Robbery and Terroristic Threatening and one misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
The Occupy Easton group quickly organized “FREE NatureDave Gorczynski!” event Monday evening in support of Dave – marching to and protesting outside of the Easton Police Department.
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According to the group’s Facebook page, Dave was held on $10,000, but has since been released with the help of donations received via “Dave Gorczynski Defense & Bail Fund” page.
Dave posted to the page Tuesday saying, “thank you all so much for your suppoprt (sic). I love you all.”
Calls to the Easton Police Department by CBSPhilly have not been immediately returned.