- The Washington Times - Monday, July 27, 2020

Federal officers arrested 22 people during another weekend of clashes in Portland, Oregon, the U.S. attorney said Monday evening, ranging from doxxing federal officers to flying a drone in restricted space.

U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams said the arrests came around the federal Hatfield Courthouse in downtown Portland, which has become the focal point for demonstrations that, on a nightly basis, devolve into violence as protesters try to break into the courthouse grounds to light fires or paint graffiti.

Most of the new arrests were on charges of assaulting a federal officer, but a man identified only as Tawasi was charged with stalking and harassing federal officers.

Prosecutors originally identified Tawasi as Ronald Bernard Hickey, 44, a Canadian citizen. But more than a week after the charges were announced, they issued a correction, saying in fact Mr. Hickey has not been charged.

The U.S. attorney’s office didn’t say how it conflated the two men.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Tawasi — using the Twitter account @TawasiSoce — posted video of federal agents being housed at a Marriott hotel, and asking followers to call the hotel and urge them to stop “housing violent federal goons.” He also urged hotel employees to mess with their food orders.

An ICE agent said he connected Tawasi to the account after a video that seemed to inadvertently show Tawasi’s car license plate. After seeing him post one night that he was out protesting, they tracked down his car and staked it out, then arrested him.

Mr. Williams, the prosecutor, said he has also charged Richard Linstedt with operating a drone in a restricted airspace. They originally identified him to the public as Lindtstet, but promised to correct that, too, after The Washington Times reported no case could be found under the name they announced.

The 22 charged persons range in age from 18 to 65.

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