On April 24, 2022, officers responded to the area of Red Lion Road for the report of a suspicious person in the backyard of the owner’s property. Upon arrival, officers observed a fence encompassing the entire backyard of the residence and could hear voices coming from behind the residence. The resident of the property was shouting, "You don't belong here" and "You need to leave" to the suspicious subject. Officers observed a white male wearing a blue sweatshirt and jeans standing on a small porch at the back door of the residence. The subject, later identified as Aleh Kazhemiaka would not engage officers in conversation but continually responded with answers that did not match what was being asked. Kazhemiaka apparently spoke with an Eastern European accent. Officers attempted to ask Kazhemiaka his language preference but he did not provide an answer.
Verbal requests for Kazhemiaka to leave were ignored. Officers requested identification from Kazhemiaka multiple times but he refused to identify himself and did not provide identification. Officers observed Kazhemiaka taking aggressive postures and staring at officers up and down, as if to measure for a fight. Because of Kazhemiaka’s unwillingness to cooperate and his refusal to leave a fenced in portion of a property after being asked to leave by the homeowner, the decision was made to take Kazhemiaka into custody for defiant trespass. Kazhemiaka physically resisted arrest. Kazhemiaka refused to comply with verbal commands to stop resisting and to provide his hands for handcuffing. It took four officers and the civilian homeowner's assistance to restrain Kazhemiaka. Even after handcuffing Kazhemiaka, he refused to cooperate and had to be physically moved and placed into the back of a patrol car.
CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREFORE, ARE MERELY ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDENTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY.