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The warrant for Tusitala 'Tiny' Toese was issued by a Multnomah County circuit judge on Tuesday, June 23.

FILE - Tusitala 'Tiny' ToeseA 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."

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson attended a recent Juneteenth celebration that blocked the Interstate Bridge between Oregon and Washington. 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.



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.

Willamette Week first reported that the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice had sought a parole violation warrant, while OPB first reported on the warrant's issuance on Tuesday, June 23.

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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