A man who assaulted a reporter in Seattle's Capitol Hill Occupied Protest has been identified as DeJuan Young. Co-founder of Scriberr News, Kalen D’Almeida, identified Young as the same man who assaulted him and tried to steal his phone in the zone on June 14.
Andy Ngo broke the news Wednesday evening, tweeting: "Breaking: @FromKalen says DeJuan Young is one of the men who assaulted him & tried to steal his phone for recording Raz Simone & his armed entourage in "CHAZ."
Young has been identified not only as one of the people who had assaulted D'Almeida earlier this month, but as someone who had been shot Saturday morning within the no-cop zone.
Jack Posobiec tweeted: "BREAKING: Journalist @FromKalen has identified his CHAZ assailant as Dejuan Young As an eyewitness, I can confirm this photo shows the exact same attire and green-taped hand as the person who assaulted Kalen The assault took place seconds after Kalen was seen filming Raz."
D'Almeida's report of what happened the night he was assaulted appeared on Scriberr News, which characterized CHOP as a sort of festival during the day, but turned into a shady place after the sun went down.
He goes on to say that he sat on a couch about 40 yards from where Raz Simone and his cronies were gathered in case "anything interesting" happened.
When the armed group spotted D'Almeida, they started stalking him and eventually confronted D'Almeida, saying: "Give me your phone, show me what’s on your phone, or I’m going to knock you the f*ck out."
Afterward, Scriberr News stated that "D’Almeida decided to move away from the area, when another agitator grabbed him by the collar of his jacket and punched him in the back of his head. Soon, he found himself surrounded by more agitators so he ran outside of the zone’s barriers to seek help. He recalled yelling for people to help him get out of the area, but no one did."
D'Almedia was eventually able to escape the zone and was escorted back to his hotel by officers from the Seattle Police Department.
Young not only occupied a no-cop zone that made efforts to keep police officers out when he was shot, he continued by saying that the "cops left me out there to die" on a short TikTok video he made while in the hospital.
When Young was asked about the shooting incident, he said: "So basically I was shot by, I’m not sure if they’re ‘Proud Boys’ or KKK,” said Young. “But the verbiage that they said was hold this ‘N-----’ and shot me."
There is currently no evidence available to substantiate the claim that members of the KKK or Proud Boys were responsible for Young being shot.