Public Safety Blotter Articles

UPDATE: Police Seek Male Suspected of Inciting Riot

Date: May 31, 2020
Incident Type: Rioting
Location: Shaler/Uptown

UPDATE (5 p.m. June 1): Bartels turned himself in and is being questioned by Police detectives.


ORIGINAL POST: Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, with assistance from Shaler Police, North Hills SRT and FBI Pittsburgh, served a search warrant at a Shaler residence Sunday afternoon.

Police secured the warrant as part of an investigation into a male suspect who incited Saturday’s violence by breaking the windows out of a marked Pittsburgh Police vehicle Uptown, against the wishes of peaceful protesters who tried to stop him.

The suspect, Brian Jordan Bartels, 20, was not in the home, but investigators seized evidence linking him to the crime.

Bartels faces charges of institutional vandalism, rioting, and reckless endangerment of another person. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The investigation is ongoing.

Reporting PIO:
Chris Togneri