LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock police have just released photos of suspects who may be charged with criminal mischief, arson and riot after a street party got out of control on Saturday night.
What started as a peaceful celebration resulted in property damage to cars, streets, and businesses, forcing Lubbock police to use tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Students were seen burning a couch, lighting a bonfire made of electric scooters and flipping a car over at Broadway and University.
All this activity came after the Texas Tech men’s basketball team won its Final Four game against Michigan State, which advanced the team into the NCAA Finals.
Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens said LPD is searching for some of the suspects that were involved in the riot activity. Once those people are found, charges of arson, criminal mischief and riot will be presented to the Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office.
The department is able to search for those suspects based on photographic evidence they gained through the use of social media and submissions from people who were around the area. Those who do have information on people involved in Saturday night’s activity are asked to call the department’s Crime Line at 806-741-1000.
Police and first responders are preparing extra security as Tech plays Virginia at 8:20 p.m. in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the NCAA Finals.
“Our best advice is: If it starts to get out of hand, leave,” police said.