Portland man who firebombed federal courthouse, outed by Trump-loving grandma turns himself in to police



PORTLAND, OR. – After video was released of a makeshift bomb being thrown at the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland on Tuesday morning, a 69-year-old woman took notice of a vest being worn by the person seen throwing the explosive device.

She should have…she bought it.  For her grandson. 

According to the New York Post, Karla Fox recognized the bomber as her 18-year-old grandson, Gabriel “Rico” Agard-Berryhill. 

Fox told the New York Post:

“I bought the vest for him after he found it online after getting hit with rubber bullets the night before at the protest.”

She had left a positive review on the clothing site Hibbett:

“I got this for my grandson who’s a protester downtown, he uses it every night and says it does the job.”

She had even posted a photo of him wearing the non-bulletproof vest. 

Agard-Berryhill “kind of” confessed to being involved in the incident in text messages to the Post, although he did not confirm he was the person who threw the incendiary device. 

He wrote:

“The device I’ve been accused of allegedly throwing was allegedly given to me by an unknown protester with full face coverings. I was allegedly told that it was a strobe firework that wouldn’t damage the building or harm anyone around it.” 

He added:

“Law enforcement has not contacted me for any alleged crime as of right now.”

Agard-Berryhill then “allegedly” thought better and turned himself in through his probation officer. He was arrested by U.S. Marshals and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, according to an arrest affidavit prepared by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He was charged with felony arson, and is looking at a minimum of five years in prison. He was released without bail. 

Oregon District U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said:

“No legitimate protest message is advanced by throwing a large explosive device against a government building. Mr. Agard-Berryhill’s actions could have gravely injured law enforcement officers positioned near the courthouse, other protesters standing nearby, or himself.” 

Ironically, Agard-Berryhill’s grandmother is a staunch conservative and Trump supporter, with her home full of MAGA merchandise. 

Fox said she was unaware of her grandson’s political leanings, and claimed that she was “unaware” of the violence occurring in the city at the nightly “protests.” 

Fox said:

“I don’t condone any of this. I am amazed at all of these events.”

Fox first found out about the viral video on Wednesday and replied with the below tweet:

Agard-Berryhill is on probation for a felony conviction when he was a minor, and had spent the past couple of years at the Rogue Valley Youth Correctional facility in southern Oregon. 

Below is our original story on the incident.

Monday evening in Portland, people calmly walked by a camera aimed at cement K-rails and protective metal fencing around the city’s federal courthouse.

An amateur drummer slowly rapped out a tinny, aimless tune on homemade drums in the background. A young woman in a gas mask leaned against a K-rail to check her smart phone. Others, mostly young men and women, walked by with and without masks. One of them was black. One young man had a mask and hood but his eyes are exposed, glaring at the camera as he passed.

One could be forgiven for thinking this was a street festival.

One minute and forty-seven seconds into a video of the scene, a flaming object arcs over the heads of dozens of people. It lands on the other side of the barrier, where the flames spread in a pool of fire on the ground.

The video gets closer, admiring as the flames ignite litter and a traffic cone.

At two minutes and eleven seconds, a woman’s voice is heard shouting, in cadence:

“Black lives matter.”

She is answered lazily by dozens of voices, who repeat the chant at half speed.

At two minutes and twenty-five seconds, as the chant picks up, we see a hand tossing something, a flaming object flying to the left, a mousy young woman standing on a K-rail turns away from the building, perhaps to see who threw the object.

This is followed by a deafening roar and flames that fill the screen as a powerful explosion occurs off screen, on the other side of the barricade.

The courthouse has been hit.

The crowd is temporarily floored into silence, and then they cheer. Now, they are all rioters.

After witnessing his handiwork, the bomber, wearing an olive green reflective vest emblazoned with the word “ICONS,” dashes off camera. He may not have realized it, but the clean-cut young bomber was captured on multiple cameras.

In one, he is seen standing on one side of an intersection with a woman clad only in a black bondage face mask beside him. She is naked from the chin down. She isn’t even wearing shoes.

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On the other side of the intersection are what appear to be about a dozen law enforcement officers. Some motivated members of the online group 4Chan decided to see if they could figure out who the bomber, nicknamed “the Beta Bomber,” was.

The other name 4Chan gave the suspect was SIMPothy McVeigh.

The ICONS vest led them to an online review of the garment by someone with the username “grammaf.”

She wrote:

“I got this for my grandson who’s a protester downtown, he uses it every night and says it does the job.”

Included is a picture of her grandson, wearing the vest and a mask, sitting on a red car. It is the Beta Bomber.

According to the Gateway Pundit, grandma’s review led to the identification of the bomber, though clearly that was not her intention. Maybe she believed what she saw on the mainstream news every night, that the “protests” were “peaceful.”

From her perspective, she may have felt duty-bound to protect her clean-cut white grandson against all those racist cops the news is always talking about.

Looking at the crowd of hundreds of people gathered around the courthouse is revolting. All those people, drifting in and out of the scene casually, drinking their bottled water, listening to music, chatting with friends, checking their phones for messages, and then they cheer when a powerful explosive goes off against an exterior wall of an occupied building.

After that, they go back to their mundane enjoyments. Do they not realize that a young punk just brought a dangerous explosive into a densely populated area and then set it off in their midst?

Apparently, because law enforcement is the target, it’s no big deal, just a bunch of pretty colors. Why don’t they care? Because to them, the people who work in law enforcement aren’t “people.”

They are enemies.

If that crowd were made up of anything but insurrectionists with war in their hearts, the bomber would have been tackled by twenty people before he managed to turn around after throwing the bomb.

The indifference of this crowd to such a wanton and dangerous act, designed to cause great damage and which had the capacity to kill, marks them all as beneath contempt.

They think they are Social Justice Warriors, that stand for truth and justice.

They don’t.

They believe lies told them by Marxists and have been tricked into performing the criminal work of a revolution for them, becoming criminals themselves in the bargain. It won’t succeed.

There are too many good people in America who will stop it. But when? When will our elected officials marshal the courage to allow law enforcement to do their job and end this?

Officials have already sat idly by as dozens of people have been killed and hundreds more injured. Several police stations have been set on fire, some of which have suffered significant damage.

Whole cities have been ravaged.

If the Beta Bomber had dropped his bomb accidentally, it could have killed a dozen people right then and there. Is that the kind of accident we are waiting for before doing anything?

Let’s not wait any longer.

Enough is enough.

It is time to show our support of local, state, and federal law enforcement. It is time to resist the lie that these are “peaceful protests” rather than riots. Somebody’s grandson needs a spanking, and we think he will get it in federal prison.


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