U.S. Marshals arrest two in connection with May brawl outside Turkish ambassador's residence

Pro-Erdogan supporters wave Turkish flags at anti-government protesters in front of the White House.
Source: Olivier Douliery/Getty Images
Pro-Erdogan supporters wave Turkish flags at anti-government protesters in front of the White House.
Source: Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

Agents with the U.S. Marshals Service have arrested two people in connection with the May 16 brawl outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C., a spokesperson for the federal law enforcement agency told Mic.

Virginia resident Sinan Narin was charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor assault or threatened assault in a menacing manner while New Jersey resident Eyup Yildirim was charged with felony assault with significant bodily injury, felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor assault or threatened assault in a menacing manner, Washington's Metropolitan Police Department told Mic.

News of Yildirim's arrest was first published by Washington Hatti, an English-language Turkish newspaper.

Police said both men are U.S. citizens.

The May brawl broke out when bodyguards and supporters of Turkish President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan clashed with protesters following Erdogan's visit to Washington at the invitation of President Donald Trump. Eleven were injured, Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a news conference the day of the incident.

Following the scuffle, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle condemned Turkey.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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Taylor Wofford

Taylor is a reporter who covers politics. Before Mic, he worked at Newsweek.

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