Warrant issued for arrest of Patriot Prayer brawler Toese
A Multnomah County judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of an imposing brawler once considered a top lieutenant in the Patriot Prayer movement.
Tusitala "Tiny" Toese is accused of violating his probation after he pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault during a fight on a Portland street corner in 2018.
During his sentencing this January, Toese renounced his ties to Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson, telling Oregon Public Broadcasting that "There's no more big boy Tiny. No more Samoa prowler in the streets."
Prior to the conviction, Toese had been one of the most prominent figures in the minuscule Patriot Prayer group, which infiltrators said had only about 15 core members. The group became the flashpoint for numerous bouts of street warfare the previous two summers, as bands of left-wing counter-protesters vowed to send the right-wingers packing.
Gibson did appear at a Juneteenth celebration that closed the Interstate Bridge between Oregon and Washington on June 19, but there was little conflict beyond heated words.
As for Toese, the change of heart apparently didn't last.
Tiny Toese, a Proud Boy brawler from #Oregon on probation for multiple violent assaults along with several Proud Boys armed with pistols beat a man outside of the #CHAZ today in #Seattle as he asks for his "phone back," which they smash on the ground before driving away. pic.twitter.com/Nc01maYVer— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) June 16, 2020
An anti-fascist news outlet surfaced video on June 15 that it said showed Toese fighting with a man and grabbing his phone near the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in Seattle. Toese's nickname is a bit of a misnomer; jail records reported his height as 6 feet, 4 inches and his weight as 265 pounds.
Toese's whereabouts at this time are unknown. Attempts to reach Toese at various phone numbers listed in court docs were unsuccessful.
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