PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A 24-year-old Indiana man was indicted on Monday for attempting to murder Portland Police Bureau officers by using explosive devices during the 2020 riots in downtown Portland.

According to court documents, Malik Muhammed had allegedly traveled to Portland in September to engage "in multiple criminal acts" and then returned to Indiana.

The incidents include:

  • Sept. 5, Muhammed engaged in tumultuous and violent conduct near the Portland Police Bureau's East Precinct, resulting in a grave risk of causing public alarm.
  • Sept. 21, Muhammed threw a "large burning object" toward a PPB sergeant's patrol car during a protest near the Penumbra Kelly Building. Police described the object as a large yellow bottle similar to a beer growler filled with liquid and stuffed with a rag. The device didn't explode. Officers found a price tag that helped them find out where the bottle was purchased. Surveillance video from the store shows Muhammed and another person buying a large number of bats and beer growlers, including two yellow ones.
  • On Sept. 23, Muhammed threw a large yellow bottle similar to the beer growler toward a group of officers outside the Multnomah County Justice Center. When the bottle landed, it exploded and a large fireball cascaded outward. One officer's lower leg caught fire for a moment.
  • According to court documents, officers searched Muhammed's cell phone and found a list of a shopping list that included common ingredients used to make a Molotov cocktail.
  • Oct. 11, Muhammed used a metal baton to smash out windows at the Oregon Historical Society, Portland State University, Sprint T-Mobile, Bank of America and Ben Bridge Jewelers. He was arrested, and a loaded pistol magazine was found in his pocket. The gun was found nearby. In total, the pistol and magazine contained 30 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

An indictment was filed on March 22 that charged Muhammed with:

  • Two counts of second-degree attempted aggravated murder
  • Two counts of first-degree attempted assault
  • Four counts of first-degree attempted murder
  • Two counts of second-degree attempted murder
  • Six counts of first-degree criminal mischief
  • Four counts of riot
  • Two counts of unlawful manufacture of a destructive device
  • Two counts of unlawful possession of a destructive device
  • One count of unlawful possession of a firearm
  • One count of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm
  • Two counts of unlawful use of a weapon

On Friday, Muhammed was arrested in Indianapolis on multiple warrants, including attempted aggravated murder, first-degree attempted murder, second-degree attempted murder, unlawful manufacture of a destructive device, unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of a loaded firearm in public.

He remains at an Indiana Jail.

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(11) comments


Doesn’t look like a Trumper to me.


Um, reality check. The riots were going on long before summer! Just wait, BLM will now protest that this is racist and "demand justice". Such a joke Portland is becoming.

Erik Erlow Eeckhart

but our local gov said people are not coming to PDX to riot, these are just local white nationalists.


The DA or City attorney will file to have the charges reduced and sentencing will be a free trip home to Indiana, $500 in cash for his trouble and a STERN warning.

Delta Bravo

And this is the only guy you caught?


'Indiana man indicted for attempted murder during 2020 Summer riots in downtown Portland' Not to worry. The Multnomah County D.A. will dismiss the charges and pay for this guys ticket back home.

pb sir

The big question is: If he lives in Indiana, why is he out here in Portland? I assume that he wasn't just passing through on vacation, or here on business... So, why would he come here?... unless someone is paying him to come here... hmmm... kind of radical behavior, especially for the Black Lives Matter group...


He can probably plead insanity. He did return to Indiana.


Let's hope they go after his partners in crime also. :)


And here it comes! All you stupid rioters who believed that the mask would provide you sufficient cover to keep you unidentifiable and unaccountable for those criminal actions you participated in last year, Bad News, they actually have people who have scoured all the videos, identifying individuals and tracking them down.., all the way to Indiana, in this case. So, don't be surprised when cops just show up with handcuffs for your sorry asses. When you least expect it, expect it.


Hope you are right but I doubt it !! They are only pushing this one to try and make us realize they care. We know the liberals do not care and would not prosecute anyone if they thought they could get by without doing it. Also the police themselves could be putting the pressure on the fake DA in Portland because the danger to the police in this case was too great to ignore !!

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