AURORA, Colo. — The woman cited for criminal tampering following the removal and vandalizing of an American flag at an ICE detention facility in Aurora earlier this month is a 38-year-old from Lakewood.
According to a summons obtained by FOX31 and Channel 2 Tuesday, Michelle Mata was cited on July 24.
The flag was removed on July 12.
According to the Associated Press, protesters pulled down the American flag in front of the detention center, tried to burn it and replaced it with a Mexican flag.
The protest, which was one of many coordinated across the country, drew about 2,000 people and was mostly peaceful.
However, police said that a few people passed a makeshift barrier outside the center run by the GEO Group and crossed a vehicle bridge, causing hundreds to follow.
Some removed three flags — the U.S., Colorado and GEO flags. The two other flags were replaced with ones with anti-police messages.
Several people remain at large.
Can You Help Us ID ?#LightsForLiberty Protest Suspects
Multiple tips led to 1 person being issued a criminal summons. The remaining 2 groups below needs to be ID'd in relation to the US & CO flags. Plz send tips to APDCrimeTips@AuroraGov.org or @CrimeStoppersCO for 💰 reward. pic.twitter.com/7WUF5HkR7r
— Aurora Police Dept. 🚔👮🏼♀️👮🏾♂️ (@AuroraPD) July 24, 2019
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Tips can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. A reward of up to $4,000 is being offered.
Mata is due in court on Aug. 27.