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  24-year-old Malik Muhammed was arrested   Extensive Damage, During 2020 Riots  

Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
Published on Tuesday April 6, 2021 - 9:17 AM

A suspect has been arrested in Indianapolis, Indiana, related to multiple firebomb attacks on police officers in 2020.

During the riots of last summer the use of firebombs known as Molotov Cocktails has been an ongoing investigation by the following agencies:

The Portland Police Bureau Arson Unit, Portland Fire and Rescue Fire Investigators, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Muhammed was arrested in Indianapolis on multiple warrants, including Attempted Aggravated Murder, Attempted Murder in the first degree, Attempted Murder in the second degree, Unlawful Manufacture of a Destructive Device, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Public.

Investigators were assisted in serving the arrest and search warrants by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and FBI.

Police say that the investigation has implicated Muhammed in significant incidents of violence and destruction. Muhammed is charged with throwing firebomb that scorched the uniform of a police officer on September 23, 2020 near the intersection of Southwest 2nd Avenue and Southwest Main Street, in Portland.

Muhammed was allegedly responsible for tossing an dud incendiary device at police officers at the Penumbra Kelly Building on September 21, 2020 and that on on October 11, 2021 he was responsible damage to the Oregon Historical Society and for thousands of dollars of damage to windows in downtown Portland.

"I am grateful to the investigators who spent many hours over the last few months following up these violent attacks against police officers and the community," said Chief Chuck Lovell. "I am also grateful to the brave officers who put themselves in harm's way serving this community. More investigations are underway. Anyone who thinks they can get away with trying to murder police officers and destroy this city should think again."

"On impact, the burning device exploded and a large fireball cascaded outward," the DA's office said Monday. "While most of the officers were able to move out of the way, one Portland police officer was sprayed with fire and his lower leg caught fire for a moment."

Four of the 28 counts accuse Muhammed of attempting to cause the death of a police officer.

Local law enforcement initially arrested Muhammed during a protest Oct. 11 when he allegedly smashed windows at the Oregon Historical Society, Portland State University and other businesses, including a Bank of America. Court documents show he was released from custody the next day after posting bail.

Prosecutors believe that after Muhammed's alleged activity at the protests he returned to Indiana. Police arrested him there on April 2 via a warrant and he is currently in jail in Indiana awaiting extradition to Oregon.

The final incident in Portland allegedly involving Muhammed was on October 11. Prosecutors claim he used a metal baton to smash out the windows of the Oregon Historical Society, Portland State University, Sprint T-Mobile, Bank of America, and Ben Bridge Jewelers.

The 28-count indictment, filed on March 22, 2021, charges Muhammed with the following crimes:

  • Attempted aggravated murder (two counts);
  • Attempted assault in the first degree (two counts);
  • Attempted murder in the first degree (four counts);
  • Attempted murder in the second degree (two counts);
  • Criminal mischief in the first degree (six counts);
  • Riot (four counts);
  • Unlawful manufacture of a destructive device (two counts);
  • Unlawful possession of a destructive device (two counts);
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm (one count);
  • Unlawful possession of a loaded firearm (one count);
  • Unlawful use of a weapon (two counts).

Authorities say that Muhammed will be the subject of an extradition hearing.