DOJ: 18-year-old arson suspect arrested for throwing explosive device at Portland courthouse

Gabriel Agard-Berryhill, jail booking photo

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - An 18-year-old suspect is facing federal arson charges for throwing an explosive device at the courthouse in downtown Portland, according to the Department of Justice.

Gabriel Agard-Berryhill of Portland made his first appearance in federal court Friday. He was ordered to be released pending further court proceedings.

Investigators said security cameras at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse showed a large incendiary object enter the building’s portico area and land near plywood sheeting affixed to the building’s façade. A few seconds later, the object exploded and started a fire near the building’s main entrance.

Social media posts showed the suspect, later identified as Agard-Berryhill, throwing the object, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon. He was wearing a green vest, camouflage pants and a mask. 

Investigators said they found a Twitter post depicting a product review for the vest worn by the suspect that night. The reviewer stated she got the vest for her grandson who has been protesting downtown every night and said the vest “does the job.”

Investigators later found the same photo on a Facebook page and, using law enforcement databases, were able to positively identify Agard-Berryhill, according to the DOJ.

This case is being jointly investigated by ATF and the U.S. Marshals Service. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

“No legitimate protest message is advanced by throwing a large explosive device against a government building. Mr. Agard-Berryhill’s actions could have gravely injured law enforcement officers positioned near the courthouse, other protesters standing nearby, or himself,” said U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams. “I applaud the ATF agents and U.S. Marshals Service deputies who worked quickly to identify Mr. Agard-Berryhill before he had an opportunity to hurt others.”

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(10) comments

Crowhunter

LOL!!! what a sweet mouth. General population has going to love him!!!

steveO

Fireworks like that are illegal in Oregon anyway you idiot. Go back to where ever you came from.

steveO

Out already? I'm sure he'll be out protesting again tonight. Justice again is not served as in most of the arrest of the protesters no matter what they did.

nativepdx

If your protesting one police officers over use of force, how does endangering the lives of innocent officers with explosives, solve that problem?

Charlatan

No officers are innocent. They're all fair game.

Merlin

Waste him.

Charlatan

"Explosive device"...i bet it was a firework.

failed_leadership

no i saw it, it was a straight up pipe bomb. and if you wanna see yourself, watch the video. the explosion was so intense some people on the other side of the fence got burns. it exploded and instantly set the side of the fed building (boards) on fire. this kid was doxxed and taken down by 4chan when they convinced his sister to tell him to turn himself in

Charlatan

Well then it obviously wasn't very well built. Dude should have practiced a bit more before taking his act on the road.

Eliza Cassan

I could hear it from across the river, and yes, the video does not lie.

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