He's accused of spray painting a police car before someone set it on fire.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A young man accused of damaging a police car during riots in downtown Pittsburgh this spring will stand trial.

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Brian Bartels was in court Tuesday morning for a preliminary hearing.

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On May 30, Brian Bartels allegedly spray painting the letter “A” on a Pittsburgh Police cruiser before jumping on the hood of the car, spraying more paint on it and stomping the windshield.

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That’s when federal prosecutors say several people began to join him. Bartels allegedly jumped off the hood then tried to break the passenger side window of the vehicle.

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In September he pleaded guilty in federal court to obstructing law enforcement during civil disorder.

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