DOJ: Texas man charged with assaulting federal officer with hammer during Portland protest

Evidence photo of hammer used in assault, released by U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon, on left. On right, jail booking photo of assault suspect Jacob Michael Gaines. (KPTV)

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A Texas man is accused of assaulting a U.S. Marshals Service deputy with a hammer during a protest in downtown Portland.

Jacob Michael Gaines, 23, was charged Monday with one count of assaulting a federal officer.

The Department of Justice stated Gaines used a construction hammer against the deputy at around 1 a.m. Saturday.

Court documents state Gaines first used the hammer to damage a barricaded entrance at the Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on Southwest Third Avenue. Federal officers were stationed inside the courthouse at the time.

Gaines yelled that he could see the officers through the cracks of the barricade, and cursed at the them, saying “(you) are gonna have to kill me” three to four times, according to court documents.

As officers attempted to detain Gaines and prevent him from breaking through the entrance, he struck a U.S. Marshals Service deputy three times with the hammer, according to investigators.

The deputy deflected the blows and was not seriously injured, according to the DOJ, but he was struck in the left shoulder, lower neck and upper back.

While being hit, the deputy managed to hold onto Gaines while other officers handcuffed him and placed him under arrest.

The hammer was recovered as evidence.

Gaines stated he is homeless, according to court documents. The Department of Justice stated Gaines is from Texas and currently living in an RV in Portland.

Gaines made his initial appearance in federal court Monday and was subsequently released from custody pending further court proceedings.

“For several weeks, the Hatfield Federal Courthouse has been a repeated target of vandalism during evening protests and riots, sustaining extensive damage. U.S. Marshals Service deputies and officers from the Federal Protective Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection working to protect the courthouse have been subjected to nightly threats and assaults from demonstrators while performing their duties,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

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(13) comments

PDX2MtHood

I used to do social work and I can tell you most homeless are not from Oregon. They come here for the lack of enforcement of rules and free stuff.

ItsPolitical

THIS is why I bought a gun.

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commentor

'Gaines made his initial appearance in federal court Monday and was subsequently released from custody pending further court proceedings.' Yeah right. He's gone. No doubt went up to Seattle or down to SF, but no longer in Portland.

rustynutt

Can't believe he was released.

Now I'm depressed.

Bean bag boy is out of critical.

What's the world coming to?

pb sir

Released from custody, huh? I am certain that he will show up promptly for his next Court appearance.

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

Yeah. Just like catch-and-release illegal aliens do for their immigration hearings.

commentor

'Gaines stated he is homeless, according to court documents. The Department of Justice stated Gaines is from Texas and currently living in an RV in Portland.' Proof positive that the homeless come from far and wide to live in Portland.

mairez

I would like to know his back story. Why is he in Portland? What brought him here? Why was he rioting? I'll bet he has an "interesting" personal story.

DD877

They are Bussing them in from Texas???

Golfpunk

Nothing that a 20 spot in Sheridan couldn't fix.

Just curious

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Terrell Higgs

The welcome mat for rioters and homeless has long been out thanks to Teddy

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