St. Petersburg Police Press Release

Chief of Police
1301 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

(727) 893-7550


For Immediate Release
Report number: 2020-020488
Date of original release: 06-04-20

Armed Protester Arrested

Wednesday night Chief Holloway and Police Majors were outside in front of Police Headquarters informing a group of protesters that 1st Ave N was about to open to traffic and they needed to get on the sidewalk.

Abraham Quraishi threw a spent baton round (heavy plastic) at Chief Holloway and a group of Majors, narrowly missing them.

While Quraishi was throwing the round, an officer saw a handgun in his waistband. He does not have a concealed weapons permit.

He fought several officers as they tried to take him into custody. Quraishi now faces inciting a riot, resisting an officer with violence, carrying a concealed firearm while in commission of a felony and unlawful assembly charges.

Mug shot and gun

Mug shot of Abraham Quraishi and gun

St. Petersburg Police Media Relations - (727) 893-7550
YOLANDA FERNANDEZ - Public Information Officer