March 29, 2022
Elisabeth Shepard, Communications Director
DA Mike Schmidt announces 10 year sentence for Malik Muhammed for attempted murder, riot and other charges
PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Malik Muhammed, of Indianapolis, Indiana plead guilty to 14 felony charges and received a 10 year prison sentence. Charges can be found below.
In the late summer of 2020, Muhammed traveled to Portland, Oregon with the intent to violently engage in area protests. His criminal activity spanned September and October of 2020 and included four separate criminal incidents.
On September 5, 2020, Muhammed constructed multiple Molotov cocktails. He then brought those explosive devices, along with baseball bats, to a planned protest event that evening at the East Portland Police Precinct Building. During the event, Muhammed handed out the bats and threw multiple explosive devices in the direction of police officers. One of those devices landed short and caused a fiery explosion which engulfed a fellow protester in flames, causing severe injuries to that person’s legs.
On September 21, 2020, Muhammed attended a planned protest event at the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Penumbra Kelly Building. During that event, Muhammed threw a lit Molotov cocktail at Portland Police Officers. That explosive device failed to explode and was recovered as evidence. Police examined the large yellow glass growler and located DNA and a Goodwill sticker on the bottle. This evidence along with an extensive investigation was used to identify Muhammed.
On September 23, 2020, Muhammed attended another planned protest event at the Multnomah County Justice Center which houses court facilities, local jail facilities with inmates, the Portland Police Central Precinct and numerous other justice system related offices. During the event, a separate protester set the building on fire (See State v. Cyan Bass) and police moved into the area to extinguish the fire. When police advanced, Muhammed threw a Molotov cocktail at the police officers. This explosive device caused a fiery explosion which narrowly missed multiple officers and caught the clothing of one of the officers on fire.
The last of the incidents occurred on October 11, 2020, when Muhammed attended a planned protest in the area of Directors Park in downtown Portland. During this event, Muhammed used a baton to smash the windows of the Oregon Historical Society, Portland State University, and multiple other businesses in the downtown Portland area. During his arrest, Portland Police Officers observed Muhammad attempt to hide a loaded firearm. Officers recovered the gun upon his arrest.
In addition to the 10 year prison sentence, the court imposed over $200,000 in restitution.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office wishes to thank the officers, detectives, agents and firefighters with the Portland Fire and Rescue Fire Investigation Unit, the Portland Police Bureau, the US Attorney’s Office, the FBI, and the ATF for their diligent work on this case.
September 5, 2020
Assault in the Second Degree
Unlawful Manufacture of a Destructive Device
Unlawful Possession of a Destructive Device
September 21, 2020
Attempted Murder 2
September 23, 2020
Attempted Murder 2
October 11, 2020
Four counts of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
Warning: video contains graphic content from September 5, 2020 riot.
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