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Police: Man attacked, arrested after throwing Molotov cocktail during Portland protest

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Christopher Joseph Gourneau, jail booking photo Christopher Joseph Gourneau, jail booking photo
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A man was attacked by protesters and then arrested by police for throwing a Molotov cocktail into a bonfire in downtown Portland early Thursday morning, according to officers. 

Following the large protest that went on for hours around Portland on Wednesday night, a group of around 40 protesters gathered at the Thompson elk statue at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Main Street at 1 a.m. Thursday. 

The protesters were surrounding a bonfire.

A man approached and threw a Molotov cocktail into the fire, according to police, which ignited into the crowd.

Several people chased the man, identified as 27-year-old Christopher Joseph Gourneau, and knocked him to the ground. He was then kicked and assaulted, according to police.

Officers responded and intervened. First aid was provided to Gourneau, who was not seriously injured.

Police said they seized materials for additional Molotov cocktails near the Lownsdale Square bathroom.

Gourneau was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of possession of a destructive device and possession of cocaine.

He was released on his own recognizance Thursday.

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