Kathryn Patterson is a Kappa Delta sorority sister and an “ally” of a black rights organization at the pricey private college she attends. She is one of the accused rioters locked up on $1 million bails following violent protests in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Fox News reported.
Petterson, who is originally from the tiny town of Mercersburg, is an undergraduate at Franklin and Marshall College in the city, which charges $60,872 in annual tuition.
Patterson was identified as an “ally” of the college’s Black Student Union, according to a GoFundMe page set up for her legal fees.
Patterson’s Facebook page includes photos of her activism, including one from August 1 with her fist raised in the air, captioned “BLM, all day every day”.
Thirteen people who are accused of committing crimes while participating in a civil disturbance in Lancaster on Sunday night sat behind bars Tuesday, with bail for seven of them set at $1 million.
According to authorities, the protests degenerated into rioting that damaged Lancaster’s police headquarters and produced an arson fire that blocked a downtown intersection.
She was among 13 people arrested early Monday morning on a slew of felony and misdemeanor charges including arson, riot, vandalism, and criminal conspiracy.
Nine of them, including Patterson, are still being held on $1 million bails, according to court records.
Patterson joins a growing cast of privileged 20-somethings, including wealthy Upper East Sider Clara Kraebber, who have been busted when protests turned violent.
Kathryn Patterson’s Arrest Under Investigation
Friends claim 20-year-old Patterson was acting as a “medic” during the violent protests that erupted overnight Sunday following the police shooting of Ricardo Munoz
“Kat was providing medical attention to injured demonstrators and has now been wrongfully accused of crimes she could not possibly commit,” claimed the GoFundMe page, which has raised more than $41,000 as of Wednesday morning.
Patterson’s parents didn’t immediately return a message.
Chip Patterson told the Associated Press on Tuesday afternoon that his daughter has acted as a medic at past protests. He said her bail was “obscene.”
“Everything that I know so far, which is not a lot, indicates that Kat is not guilty of those charges. But then again, we’ll have to wait and see”, he said.
Chip Patterson had not been able to reach his daughter since her arrest.