Dozens of Antifa supporters charged in Portland anarchy, including transgender serial rioter held on a $500K bond

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PORTLAND, OR – According to reports, in recent weeks, more than two dozen suspected Antifa rioters have been charged in Portland, and on Thursday, June 10th, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office announced charges against 10 suspects following several grand jury indictments.

Included in those facing charges are 23-year-old Maximilian Ryan Jennings, 25-year-old James Walker Prettyman, and 34-year-old Thomas Moll-Rocek. All three individuals have been charged with one count each of felony riot, felony first-degree criminal mischief, and second-degree criminal mischief.

The three were indicted over accusations that they were part of the black-clad mob that broke most of the windows on the Multnomah County Democrats’ headquarters on November 8, 2020.

Reportedly, at the time, Antifa accounts on social media promoted the “direct action” to oppose the presidential election.

In a separate indictment, six other suspects were charged with felony crimes for their alleged roles in the Antifa Inauguration Day riot on January 20th.

The Antifa group, holding a banner featuring a Kalashnikov rifle that read, “We don’t want Biden — We want revenge,” marched to the Democrat Party of Oregon building where they started a fire on the street and smashed the buildings windows.

Authorities said that attendees were found carrying knives, batons, and crowbars. Of that group, 26-year-old Nicole Aria Rose, 31-year-old Darrell Anthony Kimberlin, 19-year-old Jean V. Paris, and 22-year-old Kyle Martin Romstad were all charged with one count each of felony riot, felony first-degree criminal mischief, and second-degree criminal mischief.

Additionally, 23-year-old Kai-Ave James Douvia, a serial-riot arrestee, faces the same charges listed above plus a second count of second-degree criminal mischief for allegedly smashing out windows of a coffee shop at another riot in November 2020.

Austin Nathanial Nuchraska, 25 years old, was indicted for the most serious of charges. In addition to felony riot and criminal mischief charges, he has been charged with four counts of unlawful possession of a destructive device at the January 20th riot.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office also announced charges against 26-year-old Sean Gabriel Lopez, a rapper known as “Noshu” who regularly attends protests and riots in Portland.

He was arrested in the early morning hours of May 29th after a warrant was issued on charges of felony second-degree attempted assault, felony first-degree burglary, felony unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of felony first-degree criminal mischief.

The charges are a 180-degree turn by left-wing District Attorney Mike Schmidt, who, in 2020, dropped over 90% of riot and protest-related cases.

In an interview with Willamette Weekly shortly before he entered office, Schmidt said:

“I think that when you look historically at this nation, it’s during these protests when we’ve gotten some of the changes that we are proudest of in our nation’s history. And sometimes it took some property damage. It took more than just peaceful protests to get the government’s attention. I’m very mindful of that.”

In addition to the 10 charged by the district attorney, there have been more arrests made. Serial riot-arrestee 26-year-old Darren Ray Stephens was arrested on May 28th and charged with reckless burning and third-degree criminal mischief related to his alleged involvement in a violent unlawful assembly two days prior.

The district attorney’s office declined to pursue those charges. Instead, Stephens is currently facing felony riot, theft and burglary charges related to a different riot incident during 2020.

Jarrod “Sofie” DeFerrari, 24 years old, was arrested on May 29th for allegedly being armed with a loaded pistol and shotgun on a bus. She was found carrying additional ammo, restricted knives, and brass knuckles.

DeFerrari, from Sunrise, Florida, also has pending charges over her alleged involvement in smashing the windows of St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church and other properties at a post-election day Antifa riot on November 4th. On social media, DeFerrari posted photos of herself posing in front of an Antifa flag with guns.

According to arrest records, DeFerrari was arrested again on June 9th for second-degree criminal mischief, contempt of court, interfering with a peace officer, possession of burglary tools, first-degree criminal trespass, and burglary in the first-degree. DeFerrari is now being held on a bond of $500,500 in Washington County.

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Retired Marine who was attacked with a baseball bat says ‘riots and protests have become normalized’ in Portland

May 17th, 2021

PORTLAND, OR — A retired veteran and the co-founder of the Coalition to Save Portland said riots and protests have become normalized in the city of Portland since last year and wants that changed.

Gabriel Johnson, a retired Marine and co-founder of the Coalition to Save Portland, explained the current “atmosphere” in the city on “Fox & Friends Weekend” and stressed the importance of investing in public safety by funding the police.

Johnson, a lifelong resident of Portland, said visitors and residents no longer feel safe in in the city:

“Riots and protests have become normalized and part of the city’s landscape. 

“It’s really, really unfortunate, and unfortunately it doesn’t lead to people feeling safe to even walk outside of their homes.”

Johnson blamed the destruction in Portland on the inaction of its leaders:

“The lack of police response, city response, response from our mayor has just given free rein to holy hell to take place at that 11 o’clock hour to 3 in the morning.”

The veteran supported the use of federal officers being sent into Portland last year by the Trump administration:

“In absence of the local police what do we expect? If we as a city aren’t going to police ourselves, then we should expect someone to come in and police for us.

“I look at everything from a patriot’s point of view. I’ve spent a lot of time fighting for our country. And so my belief in and my patriotism for this country is unmeasured.”

Johnson also made it clear he did not serve his country to support homegrown chaos:

“I fought for this country and this is not what I fought for.” 

Johnson became a target of violence by Antifa last July. He explained that he lived only one block away from the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in downtown Portland, which became an epicenter of violence.

Tired of the rioting and explosions going on for more than 50 nights, Johnson decided to march into the chaos with his American flag in hand. He said:

“At that point I counted 82 explosions and just thought, you know, somebody has to do something.”

Then things quickly got ugly during his march. He told FOX News:

“I was being called the N-word by black people. People were chasing me around with baseball bats.”

Someone was trying to burn his flag when a 65-year-old black veteran attempted to stop the person. That veteran was then beaten by alleged Black Lives Matter protestors, according to Johnson, who told FOX News at the time:

“Antifa has infiltrated Black Lives Matter. These people have nothing to do with black lives.

“Our black community leaders need to stand up and lead because what’s happening is they’re letting a group of terrorists that don’t represent me use me, and that’s not right.”

More recently, Johnson has spoken up again after hearing a report by the Portland City Council that police and the FBI are on the city’s streets due to “imminent” threats from outside groups to “engage and advance gun violence” this upcoming weekend.

According to a FOX News report, officials reportedly said that groups involved in this violence have issued an order to shoot someone in the next 30 days or be shot for not showing loyalty, adding that people from Washington and California are in Portland to engage in gun violence.

In a statement, the FBI confirmed they will be on the streets of Portland engaging in “a very visible effort” with members of the Metro Safe Streets Task Force to “show the community that it is working to bring peace to the streets” and to send a message to criminals that “law enforcement is working assertively to find them and arrest them.”

It is not clear which groups are allegedly involved in promoting gun violence this weekend.

However, in April Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who previously supported defunding police and diverted millions from the police bureau, had pleaded with the city’s residents to assist authorities in unmasking members of a “self-described anarchist mob” that had engaged in acts of violence and vandalism in recent months.

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Wheeler said at the time:

“The city is beginning to recover, but self-described anarchists who engage in regular criminal destruction don’t want things to open up, to recover.

“They want to prevent us from doing the work of making a better Portland for everyone. They want to burn, they want to bash.”

The mayor pointed out that local Black Lives Matter leaders had “already stepped forward to denounce these self-described anarchists.”

Wheeler also said he would work with local authorities to arrest and prosecute those who commit acts of violence:

“Together we can make a stand. We’re doing what we can today. I’m also asking for your help to make a stand and take our city back.”

Johnson said the city’s leadership was the root of the safety issue problem and noted that their actions did not build confidence that it is a core priority:

“Safety is something that you should assume, but unfortunately it’s not.”

For example, last June Portland’s city leaders voted to remove $16 million from the police budget, a move that included the elimination of a gun-violence reduction unit, according to The Associated Press.

After the vote took effect, Portland witnessed a surge in gun violence, with 20 homicides that mostly resulted from gunfire.

 

In March, Wheeler decided refunding the police was needed after all.

The mayor pushed for nearly $2 million in additional funding for the city’s police force and other agencies, citing a rise in homicides and other violent crime.

However, members of the city council would not publicly comment or commit to his entire plan, according to a KATU report.

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty’s office told KATU that she was reviewing the proposal, but wanted to learn more.

Hardesty recently retweeted “squad member” Ayanna Pressley’s tweet regarding white supremacy and how it allegedly affects police responses to different protests.

Commissioner Mingus Mapps expressed partial support, such as the plans for the Office of Violence Prevention, increased investigative capacities within the city police force and more community oversight:

“There are parts of this proposal that I fully support.”

Wheeler requested hiring five additional detectives and forming a uniformed patrol team with a focus on gun violence, KATU-TV of Portland reported.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reported last month that Wheeler proposed a $5.7 billion budget despite a $20 million shortfall in the city’s general fund:

“Like last year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to put a strain on the city’s finances. Many of the typical income streams the city relies on — primarily lodging and business license taxes — have continued to plummet and hurt the city’s general fund.”

In a statement sent to Fox News, a spokesman for Wheeler said public safety is one of the mayor’s “top three” priorities:

“He fully supports the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) both as Mayor and Police Commissioner.

“Since he became Mayor, PPB’s budget has grown significantly overall. The last year has been a trying one for members of the PPB, and he is indebted to them for standing firm during the difficult economic and crisis climate we’re facing.”

The spokesman also said the mayor supported “an add-back package restoring 30 officer positions to the bureau.”

In addition, the spokesman said the mayor “continues to be an advocate for officer deterrence around gun violence.”

When Johnson was asked last year if he might move out of Portland, he replied to  “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy:

“This is my city. I was raised here. I will not let a bunch of terrorist thugs run me out of my city.”

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