September 8, 2020
PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that 35-year-old Jawad Fakhuri is being charged with felony riot, among other charges, for allegedly throwing a glass bottle toward police during an unlawful assembly and riot.
Fakhuri is charged with one count of riot (felony), one count of attempted assault of a public safety officer, one count of interfering with a peace officer and one count of disorderly conduct in the second degree.
This investigation started on September 6, 2020 when the Portland Police Bureau declared an unlawful assembly due to dangerous and destructive actions by individuals associated with the group.
Police told the crowd that they needed to leave, but many remained throwing objects and advancing towards the officers.
According to court documents, police observed someone hand a glass bottle full of green paint to a person, later identified as Fakhuri, who then threw the bottle directly at a group of officers.
The glass bottle shattered on the ground, mere feet away from several police officers, according to court documents.
Police arrested Fakhuri without further incident. According to court documents, after his arrest Fakhuri admitted that he heard the orders to disperse and refused because he thought it was just a “warm up.”
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office will presumptively decline to prosecute cases where the most serious offenses are city ordinance violations and crimes that do not involve property damage, theft, or the use or threat of force against another person. When an individual case presents unusual, aggravating circumstances, however, our office may prosecute the case. All other offenses, including those that allege acts of physical violence will be handled according to general office policies.
No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.
A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Fakhuri is innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Brent Weisberg, Communications Director
Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office