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Student with drone arrested, charged

Joseph Roselli, a 20-year-old computer engineering major at Drexel University, is facing multiple charges for flying a drone near a police helicopter during a Center City anti-Trump rally Nov. 16.

According to, Chief Inspector Scott Small said the drone was “within feet” of the helicopter.

As the device hovered above 18th and Walnut streets, police traced the controller’s location to be the 2900 block of Chestnut Street, the Evo building at Cira Centre South.

Police promptly arrested Roselli, who was seen picking up the drone outside of the building.

Philadelphia police said Nov. 17 that Roselli has been arrested on four charges: aggravated assault, risking catastrophe, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.