February 1, 2021
PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that 20-year-old Karl Anders Paul Nilsson is charged with riot and other charges after allegedly throwing a rock at a Portland Police officer near the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building.
Nilsson is charged with one count of riot, one count of attempting to assault a police officer and one count of disorderly conduct in the second degree.
This investigation started on January 28, 2021 when approximately 75-100 people gathered at the ICE facility, located in the 4300 block of South Macadam Avenue in Portland, Oregon. Some individuals in the group spray painted the building, pulled an industrial dumpster into the facility’s driveway and lit the contents on fire.
Law enforcement declared an unlawful assembly after individuals threw mortars at the ICE building and other objects toward officers.
Nilsson is accused of throwing a fist-sized rock towards a PPB officer and then running away after allegedly doing so. Police described the throw as being overhand.
The officer was not injured. Law enforcement took Nilsson into custody after a short foot chase.
This criminal case was initiated on January 29, 2021.
No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at this time.
A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Nilsson is innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Brent Weisberg, Communications Director
Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office