Defendant charged in Portland riot pleads guilty to Beaverton robbery
A defendant accused of smashing church windows during what police are calling a riot in November 2020 faces seven-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to a Beaverton convenience store robbery from last spring, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
On Nov. 4, 2020, Jarrod Deferrari was arrested for allegedly smashing the windows of multiple buildings in downtown Portland, including the St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church off West Burnside Street during a direct action protest. Deferrari was released from Multnomah County jail the next day on riot and first-degree criminal mischief charges, according to the sheriff's office.
While on release, Deferrari robbed a Seven-11 near Jesuit High School in Beaverton on May 19, 2021. Officials said Deferrari, who was armed with a pistol, entered the store masked, wearing black from head to toe. Deferrari leaped over the counter with a pistol and aimed it at the clerk's face, demanding that the clerk open the cash drawer, according to the sheriff's office. The incident was captured on surveillance cameras, Deferrari fled the scene before law enforcement arrived. Officials said the crime went unsolved for weeks.
On May 21, firefighters responded to a report about smoke coming from a home, according to WCSO. They ended up withdrawing from the scene, however, after encountering Deferrari with a gun. WCSO officials say Deferrari was squatting inside the residence.
On May 29, Portland Police arrested Deferrari after he was found armed with a 12-gauge shotgun and a pistol while riding a bus from Beaverton to Portland, according to WCSO. Deferrari was charged with weapons offenses in Multnomah County and for the incident from May 21.
Deferrari was arrested again June 3 after returning to the same residence law enforcement say he was squatting in. On June 8, WCSO deputies found Deferrari in the vacant home again and arrested him on first-degree burglary charges. Deferrari had spray-painted "antifa" graffiti inside the home and told deputies that despite previous arrests, he could use the house.
WCSO detectives eventually connected Deferrari to the Seven-11 robbery through surveillance images, officials said. Investigators also matched various items to the robbery that were found in the vacant house. The pistol seized by PPB also was connected to the robbery.
Deferrari does not face any possibility of sentence reductions or early release, according to WCSO. Before being transferred to the Department of Corrections, Deferrari will be placed into Multnomah County's custody to await prosecution for riot and weapons charges.
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