Riot in Pearl District

(Courtesy: Portland Police Bureau)

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Police declared a riot Monday night after people broke windows, burglarized a business, and lit a fire in an occupied apartment building in the Pearl District.

In the evening, a gathering began in the North Park Blocks near Northwest Park Avenue and Northwest Couch Street. At around 10 p.m., the group marched in the street to the area of Northwest 10th Avenue and Northwest Glisan Street, where Mayor Ted Wheeler lives.

Monday was Wheeler's birthday, and it is not known at this time if Wheeler was home.

Police said people in the crowd began lighting off what appeared to be illegal commercial-grade fireworks.

A fire was lit in a garbage can in the street, windows were broken and walls were defaced with graffiti.

According to police, officers stayed out of sight and monitored from a distance in an attempt to deescalate the situation. However, the criminal behavior continued.

Police said people were seen burglarizing a business, taking furniture out and throwing it on fires in the street.

Just after 11 p.m., police declared the event an unlawful assembly and verbal warnings were given to the crowd to leave the area to the west.

About two minutes later, police said officers saw someone throw burning material through a broken window into a ground-level business in an occupied apartment building.

Shortly after, the event was declared a riot.

Police said arson investigators are looking for the suspect who started the fire.

Over loudspeaker, police told people in the gathering that the area was closed to everyone, including media and legal observers, to allow firefighters to respond and extinguish the fires. According to police, only a few people complied.

Officers began to move the crowd. Police said they reported rocks and paint balloons being thrown at them.

Some people in the crowd attempted to stack debris in the road to create barricades, but officers cleared them.

At least one dumpster was lit on fire, police said.

Over several hours, officers continued to move rioters in an attempt to prevent them from returning to the original site. By 2 a.m., police said most people had left the area.

Police said crowd control munitions were deployed, but tear gas was not used.

During the riot, 19 people were arrested. Police said some of those arrested were in possession of weapons, including knives and an expandable baton.

The following people were booked into the Multnomah County Jail:

  • Kyle Giacomozzi, 37, of Happy Valley, charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer.
  • Alexandra Johnson, 28, of Portland, charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer.
  • Cody Shearer, 28, of Beaverton, charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer.
  • Victoria Varty, 30, of Portland, charged with riot, second-degree disorderly conduct, and interfering with a peace officer.
  • Rachel Myles, 34, of Portland, charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer.
  • Christopher Babb, 45, unknown residence, charged with attempted assault on a public safety officer, riot, interfering with a peace officer, second-degree disorderly conduct, and carrying a concealed weapon.
  • Scott Long, 48, of Portland, charged with interfering with a peace officer.
  • Tina Grundmeyer, 53, of Portland, charged with riot and interfering with a peace officer.
  • Isabel Burns, 24, of Portland, charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer.
  • Deven White, 29, of Portland, charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer.
  • Trapper Sutterfield, 24, of Portland, charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer.
  • Garret Stanford, 29, of Portland, charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer.
  • Isaac Rowe, 25, of Portland, charged with second-degree disorderly conduct, interfering with a peace officer, and resisting arrest.
  • Ellen Bennington, 20, of Vancouver, charged with second-degree disorderly conduct, interfering with a peace officer, resisting arrest, and carrying a concealed weapon.
  • Arianna Campbell, 19, of Portland, charged with riot, second-degree disorderly conduct, and interfering with a peace officer.
  • Damian Hess, 21, of Portland, charged with first-degree criminal mischief.

Police said Dustin Ferreira, 36, of Portland, was cited for interfering with a peace officer.

A 17-year-old from Portland will be referred to juvenile court for first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer, and third-degree escape.

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(14) comments

ItsPolitical

The nightly riots are Wheeler's Frankenstein, and now the monster wants to destroy their creator. Ha ha! All you liberals get what you voted for!!

Mr Q

Happy Birthday Ted Wheeler LOL

Frederick Fukov

Yeah..all the riots everywhere are Trump's fault. It was Trump who pumped George Floyd full of meth and fentanyl, and then jammed his knee into Floyd's throat. Yeah, you bet, Ted.

Kenny Rogers

Ted, your cowardly approach to "getting things under control" is failing immensely. Get it together man!!!! Grow a spine!

Frederick Fukov

You know how asinine this is? Wheeler is the one who allows, enables, fosters, emboldens, and makes it possible for the protesters to keep going night after night. HeII, one of theirs just got away with murder, thanks to Ted, and thanks to the Multnomah County DA's office, and that STILL isn't good enough for them. I guess they want Ted to abolish the police department, so they can just go completely berserk through downtown Portland and it's residential neighborhoods, in total chaos and mayhem. I can't believe Ted hasn't yet acquiesced to that.

Delta Bravo

Just a reminder. Portland is a sanctuary city. In a sanctuary city, you only have to obey the laws you like. This goes all the way through the power structure from the Mayor, DA and so on into the populace. It is NOT rule of law, it is rule of only SOME laws. AS the DA has stated some laws will be upheld. The unanswered question is to what extent. Understand, if you try to protect yourself you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law (and your wealth). You may win but you will be bankrupt. On the other hand, those who threatened you will walk. There is no rule of law in Portland.

ItsPolitical

The longer this continues, the more votes for Trump.

chillypepper

ItsPolitical- Shhh don't tell them. They think they are doing their "woke" party a favor. Let them destroy themselves.

Delta85

Hello, Portland people can't you see the Governor and Mayor don't care about your well being. Riots take up the police time while shootings happening around the others parts of the city night after night..... Even rational people know this is enough already! Wake up you dead people of Portland your city is crumbling around you and yet nobody thinks the mayor city, officials or even the governor is responsible. Wake up already!

Delta85

What are we doing people this isn't Trump's fault....Radicals out of control with nobody wanting to stop them..... Who is playing the political game Mr Mayor ? Not Trump that's for sure!

webjak

New flash: Gov. Brown blames Trump for latest arson of an occupied apartment building. Mayor Wheeler thinks it must have been local racist militia.

Hardesty "thinks" (LOL) it's the Portland Police.

Delta85

Where in the heck are the normal people of Portland? Blaming someone who is in DC while you are the mayor of the city is stupid! It's your dang responsibility to do something or leave your job! Portland people aren't your political pons!

nativepdx

Now that the mayor has declared this is all the Presidents fault, the "Mob" knows they have no free will and cannot control their own actions, because they are not responsible for anything they do.

Eliza Cassan

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