Bridge bomb suspects plead not guilty; Occupy Cleveland members show up to support suspects

CLEVELAND - Dozens of members of Occupy Cleveland showed up at a Cleveland courthouse to support the five people charged in connection with an alleged plot to blow up a northeast Ohio bridge.

The five suspects -- 21-year-old Connor Stevens, 24-year-old Joshua Stafford (aka "Skully"), 26-year-old Douglas Wright (aka "Cyco), 20-year-old Brandon Baxter (aka "Skabby") and 37-year-old Anthony Hayne (aka "Tony" & "Billy") – pleaded not guilty during their arraignment Monday morning.

The suspects had the charges -- conspiracy and attempted use of explosive material to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce -- read to them in open court.

In all, about 50 members of the Occupy Cleveland group went into courthouse. After the arrests were made, Occupy Cleveland said the five suspects were associated with the group, but they were "in no way representing or acting on behalf of Occupy Cleveland."

A man in the group – believed to be a father of one of the suspects -- was overheard asking people to pray for the suspect.

The city of Cleveland decided to not renew the group's permit a day after the arrests, but did not say if the decision was related to the bomb plot.

The FBI said the five self-proclaimed anarchists came up with a plan to blow up the Route 82 bridge over the Cuyahoga National Forest in Brecksville. They were arrested after allegedly pushing a button they thought would detonate a C4 bomb placed at the base of the bridge on April 30.

An undercover informant working with the FBI had provided the group with an inert bomb.

Baxter's attorney told NewsChannel5 the informant, who has a long criminal record, coached the suspects.

All five suspects will remain in federal custody, as their detention hearing was postponed.

NewsChannel5 will continue to follow this case. Keep checking newsnet5.com for more information.

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