Feds slap Portland man with arson charges after state refuses to charge him


PORTLAND, OR – If there’s one thing that can be said about Portland this year, it’s that they’ve produced no shortage of “protesters” facing federal charges for their alleged actions during the past summer and ongoing fall.

A 21-year-old man in Portland is currently facing federal arson charges for his alleged actions during a protest from September 23rd.

Here’s the details we have so far.

Portland Police reportedly arrested Cyan Waters Bass after he was among a group of people that targeted the Justice Center in downtown Portland on September 23rd.

That evening in question saw the arrests of 13 people collectively, with three police officers having been injured that same night.

Officers say that Bass was first observed using a slingshot to fire projectiles into one of the windows of the PPB Central Precinct portion of the Justice Center, while simultaneously holding a crowbar.

Feds slap Portland man with arson charges after state refuses to charge him
Cyan Waters Bass – Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office

Then Bass was further observed dousing a liquid onto the plywood coverings of some of the windows on the north side of the building and then proceeded to light it on fire.

According to authorities, Bass then headed to the east side of the building and did the same again.

At the time of the fires being allegedly set by Bass, 268 inmates were inside of the Multnomah County Detention Center – which is part of the Justice Center building. Furthermore, 25 of those inmates were in federal custody while being housed there at the time.

When police arrested Bass on the evening of the 23rd, they’d reportedly found him in possession of marbles, a crowbar, a slingshot, two lighters and a clear bottle with an unknown liquid in his possession.

Initially, Bass was facing state charges, having been charged with two counts of arson, attempted assault on a public safety officer, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a destructive device, riot, and criminal mischief.

Yet, for whatever reason, a Multnomah County judge decided to throw out all the charges levied against Bass – so that’s when the feds decided to pick them up instead.

According to the Justice Department, Bass made his initial appearance in federal court on October 6th and has his arraignment slated for December 3rd following a grand jury proceeding.

Bass plead not guilty during his October 6th appearance and was ordered released pending his December arraignment.

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Arson charges coming from the feds regarding Portland riots and protests have been cropping up left and right. Just last month in September, we reported on another man from the same riot-struck city facing federal charges for arson. 


The following editorial is written by a retired police officer and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today

PORTLAND, OR- A 22-year-old wanna be bad ass was arrested last Tuesday in Portland and was charged in connection with a June 26 incident in which he set a dumpster on fire and pushed it next to an occupied Portland Police Bureau building, according to the Department of Justice.

Yes, you read that correct. Gavaughn Gaquez Streeter-Hillerich is facing federal charges in connection with the incident, the Sun said.

According to court documents, Streeter-Hillerich was witnessed lighting the dumpster on fire near the Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Oregon said in a press release.

Since Streeter-Hillerich was arrested for federal charges, soft-on-crime District Attorney Mike Schmidt won’t be able to release him.

Feds hit Portland man with arson charge for pushing burning dumpster against police building
US DOJ Press Release Courtesy: DOJ

The dumpster was pushed up against plywood, which had been secured in place at the front of the building to prevent break-ins.

The U.S. Attorney said that officers were able to use fire extinguishers to put out the flames until firefighters could arrive to completely extinguish the fire, the U.S. Attorney said.

The statement continued that, “…were it allowed to spread, would have threatened the safety of 15 police personnel and four individuals in custody inside the building.”

According to Fox Newsa tip was forwarded to authorities with video footage showing Streeter-Hillerich “intentionally setting a large dumpster on fire” near the northwest corner of the building on NE Emerson Street, authorities sad.

Feds hit Portland man with arson charge for pushing burning dumpster against police building
Streeter-Hillerich at Dumpster Fire Tattoo Visible Courtesy: DOJ photo

Feds hit Portland man with arson charge for pushing burning dumpster against police building
Steeter-Hillerich Social Media Post w/ visible tattoo Courtesy: DOJ

Investigators were able to identify Streeter-Hillerich from a unique tattoo that he had on his right arm and was matched up with social media pictures.

The press release said “the fire was set on top of the dumpster, which had been pushed up against plywood affixed to the building to protect windows and prevent break-ins.”

Feds hit Portland man with arson charge for pushing burning dumpster against police building
Streeter-Hillerich Lighting Dumpster Fire PPB Courtesy: DOJ Photo

Officials said that Streeter-Hillerich was charged with arson, which has a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison. He was released pending further court appearances. No bond information was available.

The release said that the case is being jointly investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the FBI, with additional assistance being provided by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Breitbart News said that according to Cynthia M. Chang, assigned to the BATF-E as a fire investigator, Streeter-Hillerich told police that he was angry that tear gas had been used against him during the protests, according to the Oregonian.

Feds hit Portland man with arson charge for pushing burning dumpster against police building
PPB Dumpster Fire photo courtesy DOJ

The suspect told Chang that in setting the dumpster on fire, it “would assist him in controlling his anger and getting his anger out,” Chang said in a federal affidavit.

Despite over 100 straight nights of violent riots, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) has ordered the Portland Police Bureau to stop using tear gas during the riots. Unfortunately Wheeler only takes orders that hamstrings the police and has done nothing to quell the riots, despite officers of help from President Trump.

Streeter-Hillerich had already been arrested by the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire and Rescue’s Fire Investigation Unit in relation to the June 26 incident. The federal charges come on top of the state charges, according to The Post Millennial.  

At that time, he was charged with felony arson in the first degree and felony riot. He was also charged in connection with a June 8 demonstration where rioters blocked Interstate 84.

In that incident, he was charged with felony riot, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing, and failure to perform the duties of a driver. He was also released in that incident.

Streeter-Hillerich told the BATF investigator that other individuals who were present at the fire were “anarchists,” as well as some “leaders with the Rose City Justice Organization. That group is one such group in Portland that organizes BLM-themed riots.

Streeter-Hillerich is your typical protester…his LinkedIn shows that his work history included only fast food restaurants. Pretty much your typical Antifa loser.

This isn’t his first go around with police. In 2019, he was convicted of third-degree felony assault. He was on probation for that incident at the time of the most recent arrests.

Of course, being a bad-ass bandito runs in his family. His brother, Gary Wayne Streeter-Hillerich was sentenced in 2018 for raping, kidnapping, abusing, and robbing a random woman whom he followed off a bus while out on supervised release from a previous sex crime. But police are to blame for a screwed up criminal justice system, right?


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