Florida criminal who was arrested in Portland in 2020 arrested again – this time for bringing a shotgun onto a bus

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PORTLAND, OR – A 24-year-old man who was arrested during a riot in Portland back in 2020 where he allegedly smashed business and church windows was arrested again earlier in May, with authorities saying the suspect was unlawfully carrying a loaded handgun and shotgun onto a TriMet bus.

Police were called out to the area of SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and SW Bertha Boulevard at approximately 1:00 p.m. on May 29th in response to an armed man on a TriMet bus.

When officers arrived at the scene, they reportedly encountered 24-year-old Jarrod Deferrari who was allegedly carrying a shotgun, shells, a loaded handgun, “restricted” knives and brass knuckles.

Authorities say that Deferrari was removed from the bus without incident or injury but noted that the suspect was uncooperative during the arrest. Deferrari was reportedly charged with unlawful possession of firearm, two counts of possession of loaded firearm in a public place and four counts of carrying a concealed weapon.

This isn’t Deferrari’s first encounter with authorities in Portland, as he was arrested back on November 4th of 2020 for allegedly using a hammer to smash the windows of Riverside Tobacco, St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church and Alco Properties.

The riot from November 4th where Deferrari allegedly participated in was an evening where a total of twelve people were arrested for a variety of offenses – with one suspect, 23-year-old William K. Beecher, arrested for allegedly throwing a firework at officers during the chaos. 

In Deferrari’s arrest report from November of last year, it was noted that he is not from Portland – but apparently resides in Sunrise, Florida.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office noted that the damage caused during the November 4th incident by the suspect was over $7,000.

The District Attorney’s Office is still working this case from last year against Deferrari, where he was reportedly charged with felony riot and three counts of criminal mischief in relation to the incident.

Also, on May 21st, Washington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an unoccupied home off of SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway where there were reports of smoke emanating from the home.

Deputies were said to have encountered Deferrari at the unoccupied residence, where he was charged with criminal trespass with a firearm. 

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In other reports where Portland is a relevant subject, Senator Chuck Grassley  recently compared confirming David Chipman to the ATF would be tantamount to allowing Antifa to run the Portland Police. 

Here’s that previous report from earlier in May. 

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WASHINGTON, DC – Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said that confirming President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives would be like “putting Antifa in charge of the Portland Police Department.”

The long-time senator made the comments about nominee David Chipman during opening comments in the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings Wednesday.

Grassley began his comments saying:

“Chipman seems to have worked for every prominent gun control group in the county.”

He then expressed concerns over the nominee’s actions while advocating for gun control:

“(Such as) misleading the public about modern sports rifles, arguing against popular magazine sizes…[and] advocating for universal background checks.

“Of particular concern is the contempt with which [Chipman] seems to view ordinary Americans who buy and carry firearms.”

Grassley said:

“Day to day, ATF plays a significant role in the legal trade of firearms in this country. Many see putting a committed gun control proponent like Mr. Chipman in charge of ATF as like putting a tobacco executive in charge of the Department of Health and Human Services, or Antifa in charge of the Portland Police Department.”

Chipman was nominated for Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) Director in April. He has become a controversial nominee for Republicans because of his support of stricter gun control laws.

Chipman spent more than two decades with the ATF before he went to work with Giffords, a group that advocates for stricter gun laws. The group was named after Gabby Giffords, a former lawmaker who was shot by a constituent.

The confirmation hearing was expected to be heated, and Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Il) expressed as much at the start of the session:

“Buckle your seat belt. You want to be the head of the ATF. Hang on tight. They’re coming after you, buddy. It’s going to be rough at times.”

Filling the directorship of the ATF has been an uphill climb for years in the partisan Senate chambers. The Senate has only confirmed one director in the last 15 years, B. Todd Jones, who served during the Obama administration.

The NRA has been a vocal opponent of Chipman’s nomination, saying:

“Chipman has a long history of gun control advocacy that disqualifies him from leading the agency charged with enforcing federal gun laws.

“Chipman has a proven history of lying to support his attempts to restrict the rights of law-abiding American gun owners.”

During the confirmation hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) asked him if he supported a ban on the popular AR-15 rifle. Chipman said he did support the ban, but suggested that the question was not relevant:

“I support a ban. If I’m confirmed, I would simply enforce the laws on the books right now. There is no such ban on those guns.”

At the end of the hearing, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said in a tweet that he would oppose the nomination of Chipman for ATF Director:

“This is the last person who should be given any power.”

The Senate is split 50-50 between the two parties. Democrats could confirm Chipman without any Republican support if they remain united, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting a tiebreaking vote.

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