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The Latest: Woman facing felony charges in Bezos protest

June 7, 2019
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This Thursday, June 6, 2019, mug photo released by the Clark County Detention Center photo shows Priya Sawhney, 30, of Berkley, Calif., following her arrest Thursday, June 6, in Las Vegas on a misdemeanor trespassing charge. Authorities say she was arrested after approaching Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos on stage at a conference at the Aria resort and yelling about chicken farms. The group Direct Action Everywhere publicized Sawhney's protest. Las Vegas police say Sawhney may face additional charges. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a protester who approached Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos on stage at a conference in Las Vegas (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

A judge in Las Vegas says a California animal rights activist can be freed from jail without bail pending her next court date on felony charges for approaching Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos on a conference stage.

The judge on Friday also ordered 30-year-old Priya Sawhney to stay away from the Las Vegas Strip following her arrest Thursday at Amazon’s re:Mars event at the Aria resort.

Sawhney is due again in court July 15 on false identification and burglary charges. In Nevada, burglary relates to entering a building with intent to commit a felony.

Direct Action Everywhere spokesman Matt Johnson says Sawhney is from Berkeley and faces felony charges for actions involving California poultry farms.

The group claims responsibility for other protests including one in which a man grabbed a microphone from California Sen. Kamala Harris at a presidential candidate forum in San Francisco last week.

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11:45 a.m.

Authorities in Las Vegas are filing felony charges against a 30-year-old California woman who was arrested after approaching Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos on a conference stage while yelling about chicken farms.

At a conference in Las Vegas, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos stressed the importance of bringing passion to his business and taking risks, emphasizing the need to embrace failures and not always needing to be right. (June 6)

Court filings showed that Priya Sawhney is due before a judge Friday on false identification and burglary counts stemming from her arrest Thursday at Amazon’s re:Mars event.

She is expected to be represented by a lawyer in court.

In Nevada, burglary relates to entering a building with intent to commit a felony.

Direct Action Everywhere spokesman Matt Johnson says Sawhney is from Berkeley and has faced felony charges for protests at California poultry farms.

Sawhney never got close to Bezos. He remained seated opposite a moderator while Sawhney was surrounded by security guards and ushered off stage.

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