Man wanted for Cider Riot street brawl turns himself in
Portland Police have arrested a man for his alleged baton-swinging attacks during a May Day street brawl with anti-fascists known as antifa outside a local cidery.
Ian Alexander Kramer, 45, was arrested by U.S. Marshals in North Portland on the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 7, according to a news release.
Kramer is charged with second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, second-degree disorderly conduct and second-degree use of tear gas or mace, Multnomah County court docs report.
The District Attorney's office says Kramer used an asp baton to injure a 31-year-old woman who was attending the patio after-party organized by the masked group at Cider Riot, 807 N.E. Couch St., on May 1.
breaking: far-right protesters and Proud Boys have arrived at Cider Riot. Cider Riot has done benefits for antifa and has also been vandalized in the past. RIOOOT. huge fight! pic.twitter.com/PKeRdYCF6d— Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) May 2, 2019
In a statement, Police Chief Danielle Outlaw praised the law enforcement partners involved — and warned that "violence is not tolerated" within city limits.
"While these cases can take time, and delays in arrest can be perceived as indifference or lack of care, the opposite is true," Outlaw said. "Our investigators are attentive to detail, working behind the scenes to put together the strongest case possible for consideration in coordination with local, state and federal partners."
Police say Kramer was arrested at his home on North Dwight Avenue. Officers claim to have found a metal baton in the residence, as well as several other related items, after serving a search warrant.
Kramer remains inside the downtown jail at this time.
Another man accused of street fighting during the 30-minute melee, which was captured by several live-streamers, has turned himself in.
Matthew Demetrius Cooper, 24, faces charges of second-degree disorderly conduct and harassment. The District Attorney's office says Cooper created a "public inconvenience, annoyance and alarm," by fighting and engaging in "tumultuous and threatening behavior" toward the 31-year-old woman.
Cooper, whose listed address is in Beaverton, was booked in jail on Thursday and released shortly thereafter.
Cooper, born in Chicago, has been living in a home for people with disabilities. He has three misdemeanor convictions on his record.
The fighting at Cider Riot spurred a million-dollar lawsuit against Joey Gibson, the conservative leader of the Patriot Prayer movement. Gibson and a band of followers had attended a liberal rally earlier in the day outside Portland's Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility.
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