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74 People Facing Federal Charges for Crimes Committed in Portland, FBI say There will be More


The US Department of Justice issued a press statement, Friday, about people being charged federally with assaulting federal officers, arson, failing to obey lawful orders, and damaging federal property





U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced today that 74 people are facing federal charges for crimes committed adjacent to or under the guise of peaceful demonstrations in Portland since at least May 29, 2020.





“It is important to note that while some federal charges require crimes be committed on federal property, others do not. Violent acts committed throughout the city of Portland under the guise of peaceful protest are being evaluated by local federal prosecutors for prosecution,” the FBI said.





Felony assault of a federal officer with a dangerous weapon is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Arson is punishable by up to 20 years in prison with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years.





According to the statement:          





For more than 90 consecutive nights, Portland has been home to large demonstrations and protests against police use of force and anti-Black racism. On many nights, after peaceful demonstrations end, various public and private buildings have been the target of vandalism and destruction. Local, state, and federal law enforcement working to protect these buildings and ensure the safety of peaceful demonstrators have been subjected to threats and assaults from violent agitators while performing their duties.





 “Violent agitators have hijacked any semblance of First Amendment protected activity, engaging in violent criminal acts and destruction of public safety,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our federal law enforcement partners are expeditiously working with local and state law enforcement to identify, arrest, and prosecute these individuals that are disrupting the rule of law in our communities and physically attacking our law enforcement officers and destroying property. Violent agitators not only delay real reform, but make our community less safe by keeping law enforcement from responding to other critical calls for service.”





“While the FBI supports and safeguards Constitutionally-protected activity and civil rights, there is no permit for assault, arson or property damage and these are not victimless crimes,” said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “Among the victims of violent crime are business owners, residents and individuals exercising their First Amendment rights through protests or other legitimate forms of expression.”





“The nightly violence has to stop,” said Russel Burger, U.S. Marshal for the District of Oregon. “It is drowning out the voices of the many who are calling for change, and pulling police resources away from their primary mission of keeping this community safe. We must all come together to find a productive way to move forward.”





 “As the nation’s primary source for fire investigative knowledge, ATF remains committed to investigating those responsible for committing arsons in our communities and holding them responsible for their illegal actions,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Jonathan McPherson. “As a reminder, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for arson. ATF takes these violent actions seriously and will work diligently to bring justice to the victims.”





 “It is vitally important that all Americans have the ability to exercise their first amendment rights to freedom of speech,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations Seattle Eben Roberts. “Unfortunately, much of what we’re seeing in Portland is the antithesis of that. Instead tragic events are being used as excuses for individuals with ill intent disguising themselves as activists to commit violent crimes against their communities and law enforcement officers. Progress can only be made if community leaders, law enforcement and the public come together in the name of social change, justice and peace.”





Since May 26, 2020, federal law enforcement authorities have arrested 100 people for crimes committed during local demonstrations. Seventy-four face federal charges, including felonies, misdemeanors, and citation violations. Crimes include assaults on federal officers, some resulting in serious injuries; arson and attempted arson; damaging federal government property; failing to obey lawful orders; and unlawful use of a drone; among others.





Charged defendants include:






  • Edward Carubis, 24, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 1, 2020;

  • Rowan Olsen, 19, is charged (photos available) with creating a hazard on federal property, disorderly conduct, and failing to obey a lawful order on July 2, 2020;

  • Shant Singh Ahuja, 28, of Oceanside, California, is charged with destruction of federal property on July 4, 2020;

  • Gretchen Blank, 29, of Seattle, Washington, is charged (photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;

  • Andrew Faulkner, 24, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;

  • Christopher Fellini, 31, is charged (photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;

  • Theodore Matthee-O’Brien, 21, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;

  • Cody Porter, 28, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;

  • Taimane Teo, 24, of Eugene, Oregon, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;

  • Benjamin Wood-Pavich, 21, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;

  • Jacob Gaines, 23, a Texas resident, is charged (photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on July 11, 2020;

  • Lillith Grin, 22, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 12, 2020;

  • Benjamin Bolen, 36, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 13, 2020;

  • Kevin Weier, 36, is charged with attempted arson on July 13, 2020;

  • Wyatt Ash-Milby, 18, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;

  • Jerusalem Callahan, 24, is charged with damaging government property on July 21, 2020;

  • Zachary Duffly, 45, is charged with creating a disturbance on July 21, 2020;

  • Caleb Ehlers, 23, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;

  • Paul Furst, 22, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;

  • Jennifer Kristiansen, 38, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 21, 2020;

  • Ella Miller, 26, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;

  • Marie Sager, 27, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;

  • Giovanni Bondurant, 19, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 22, 2020;

  • Bailey Dreibelbis, 22, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;

  • Gabriel Huston, 22, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 22, 2020;

  • Joseph Lagalo, 37, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 22, 2020;

  • Taylor Lemons, 32, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 22, 2020;

  • Joseph Ybarra, 21, is charged with arson on July 22, 2020;

  • David Hazan, 24, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 23, 2020;

  • Nicholas Kloiber, 26, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 23, 2020;

  • Cameron Knutson, 28, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 23, 2020;

  • Carly Ballard, 34, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 24, 2020;

  • David Bouchard, 36, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 24, 2020;

  • Dakota Eastman, 30, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 24, 2020;

  • Josslynn Kreutz, 28, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 24, 2020;

  • Ezra Meyers, 18, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 24, 2020;

  • Mark Rolycanov, 28, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 24, 2020;

  • Pablo Avvocato, 26, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;

  • Douglas Dean, 34, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;

  • Rebecca Mota Gonzales, 37, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;

  • Thomas Johnson, 33, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;

  • Richard Lindstedt, 33, is charged with violating national defense airspace on July 25, 2020;

  • Nathan Onderdonk-Snow, 21, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;

  • Stephen O’Donnell, 65, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;

  • Joshua Webb, 22, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;

  • Jeffree Cary, 30, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;

  • John Tyler Gabriel, 22, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;

  • Noelle Mandolfo, 30, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;

  • Patrick Stafford, 35, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;

  • Travis Williams, 27, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;

  • Caleb Wills, 29, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;

  • Brodie Storey, 28, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 27, 2020;

  • Edward Schinzing, 32, is charged (photos available) with arson on July 28, 2020;

  • James Hickerson, 54, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 28, 2020;

  • Ian Wolf, 26, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order and creating a hazard on federal property on July 28, 2020;

  • Sabastian Dubar, 23, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 29, 2020;

  • Jordan Johnson, 32, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 29, 2020;

  • Evan Kriechbaum, 31, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 29, 2020;

  • Christine Margaux, 28, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 29, 2020;

  • Gabriel Agard-Berryhill, 18, is charged (video available) with arson on July 30, 2020;

  • Isaiah Maza, 18, is charged (photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on July 31, 2020;

  • Dakotah Horton, 24, is charged (photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on August 17, 2020; and

  • Dakota Means, 20, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on August 24, 2020.





Eleven others have been issued citation violations. All defendants, unless noted, are presumed to be local residents   These cases are being investigated by the FBI; U.S. Marshals Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; and Federal Protective Service. They are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.





The FBI is assisting partner agencies by asking for the public’s help in identifying individuals who participated in or may have been a witness to criminal activity at the following locations:






  • Near or inside the Multnomah County Justice Center in downtown Portland on the night of May 29, 2020 or into the morning of May 30, 2020. Details here: Justice Center

  • Near the Chase Bank branch located at 811 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, shortly before 1 a.m. on May 30, 2020. Details here: Chase Bank


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