“The informant observed the defendant pour a flammable liquid on the building from three plastic bottles which the informant described as having labels which were either blacked out or taped over with black tape,” a police affidavit said. “The informant further explained that when the defendant was pouring the liquid on the fire and causing the fire to grow, one of the bottles caught on fire and started to melt.”
It led to accusations for arson, criminal mischief, and felony riot against Alma Raven-Guido, 19, that were filed by the Multnomah County district attorney’s office.
The informant supposedly saw Raven-Guido place three bottles of the “flammable liquid” into her backpack, according to the police testimony mentioned by Willamette Week.
Portland Fire & Rescue Lt. Jason Anderson also attended during an interview with the police information, according to the affidavit.
“Lt. Anderson reports that the informant has no criminal convictions, has a history of providing credible and reliable information on multiple prior investigations, and that the informant personally observed the action of the defendant,” the affidavit stated. “In particular, the informant told Lt. Anderson that the defendant was present when the second large fire began.”
Raven-Guido was recognized as a University of Oregon student and told officials that she was a journalism student. Raven-Guido was detained last August on several criminal charges including disorderly conduct in riots and protests before she was released.
The testimony said that Raven-Guido and other rioters were covered in “black bloc”-style clothing similar to what Antifa uses, reported the Daily Emerald.
The fire was purportedly started by radicals on Tuesday night, leading officials to reveal a riot, authorities said.
A member of the crowd was spotted spraying “unknown accelerant on the wooden framing around a door of the building, then lit it on fire,” Portland Police said.
“I don’t consider these protests. We’re talking about direct action events that are being billed as such and these are criminal events,” Portland Police Bureau Capt. Tina Jones told media outlets, adding that $25,000 in estimated damage was done.
“Burning things, breaking things and attempting to injure police puts lives at risk. I condemn those who were involved in these criminal acts,” Mayor Ted Wheeler also said during a City Council meeting on Wednesday morning. “For those who engage in criminal destruction and violence: Please know that our investigations continue and we’re doing everything we can if you’ve been involved in this kind of criminal destruction to identify you, to find you, to arrest you, and to hold you accountable.”