Multnomah County Democrats HQ attacked Sunday night
The headquarters of the Multnomah County Democrats was vandalized by members of a group that first gathered in Laurelhurst Park on Sunday night.
Twelve windows were broken, and graffiti denouncing President-elect Joe Biden was spray-painted on the building at 3551 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Other graffiti included "BLM," "No Presidents," and an anarchist symbol.
Three people were arrested as the group returned to the park. James Walker Prettyman, 24 is charged with criminal mischief II, Thomas Mollrocek, 33, is charged with criminal mischief II and escape III, and Maximillan Jennings, 22, is charged with criminal mischief I.
Rachelle Dixon, the county party's vice-chair and a Black Lives Matter organizer, said she is "very disappointed and saddened" by the damage. She denied that anyone involved with Black Lives Matter participated in the incident.
"This building is paid for by people who contribute $10 to $20 a month," said Dixon. "I understand people are frustrated, but we need to come together and do something more productive than breaking windows."
Dixon, had no estimate of the damage but thought it would be costly to replace the large, tempered glass windows.
According to police, the gathering was organized online with instructions that no live streaming was allowed. After gathering in the park in the 500 block of Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard, the group marched directly northbound on Sandy to the building. Once the group arrived, several members began tagging the building with graffiti and breaking windows.
Police say that after engaging in criminal activity, the group quickly left the location and headed back southbound towards Laurelhurst Park. As the group was leaving, the police arrived and made targeted arrests of subjects who had engaged in criminal activity. The remainder of the group dispersed into the neighborhood.
KOIN News 6 is a news partner and contributed to this story. Their story can be found here.
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