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St. Louis couple watch from balcony as BLM protesters return to mansion

Hundreds of Black Lives Matter demonstrators returned to the St. Louis mansion of a gun-toting couple whose armed stand went viral last week — only this time the pair just watched from their balcony.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who confronted marchers with an automatic rifle and a handgun last week, kept their guns holstered Friday when the crowd returned, looking down on the protest along with their lawyer and private security standing by.

Mark McCloskey, 63, said he grabbed his AR-15 on June 28 as protesters broke through a gate of their private road because he feared they were “storming the Bastille” and would burn down his home.

Patricia McCloskey, 61, was seen holding a small silver revolver, at times pointing it directly at protestors.

“They’re angry, they’re screaming,” Mark McCloskey told Tucker Carlson on FOX News. “They’ve got spittle coming out of their mouths. They’re coming towards our house. Out there with my wife, and I said, ‘Oh my God, we’re absolutely alone. There’s nobody here to protect us but us.”

People stand on a balcony of a home belonging to Mark and Patricia McCloskey as protesters march past.
People stand on a balcony of a home belonging to Mark and Patricia McCloskey as protesters march past.AP

When about 300 protesters returned Friday — holdings signs reading “Black Lives Matter. Period,” and “No Justice, No Peace” — a more subdued Mark McCloskey could be seen peering out from his balcony while his wife appeared to be shooting video of the marchers on her mobile phone.

Their lawyer, Albert Watkins, was seen looking out at the crowd in another image released by Reuters.

The photos also show private security guards setting up barricades and securing the gate prior to Friday’s new demonstration.

Protesters walk through the gate of a private street not far from the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey in St. Louis.
Protesters walk through the gate of a private street not far from the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey in St. Louis.AP

The crowd remained outside the mansion for about 15 minutes before moving on, the Daily Mail reported.

With Post wires

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