Indiana man charged with attempted murder of Portland police
An Indiana man was indicted on allegations that he attempted to murder two police officers during separate riots in Portland last year by using explosive devices.
Malik Muhammed, 24, was arrested on multiple warrants Friday, April 2, and remains in an Indianapolis jail. He will be extradited to Oregon, where he will face multiple felonies as part of a 28-count indictment, according to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.
According to the indictment, prosecutors claim Muhammed came to Portland in September 2020 "for the specific purpose of engaging in multiple criminal acts." On Sept. 5, he "engaged in tumultuous and violent conduct near the Portland Police Bureau's East Precinct that resulted in a grave risk of causing public alarm," the indictment said.
Muhammed is also accused of throwing a large burning object — believed to be a Molotov cocktail — toward a police vehicle occupied by a Portland Police Bureau sergeant during a demonstration near the Penumbra Kelly Building at 4735 E. Burnside St, on Sept. 21. Though the device did not explode, investigators tested the liquid inside and found it to be flammable.
The indictment said a third incident involving Muhammed happened on Sept. 23, when he allegedly threw a similar burning object toward a group of officers outside the Multnomah County Justice Center. Officers at the incident said the device exploded on impact and a large fireball cascaded outward, spraying one officer with fire. According to court documents, the officer's lower leg briefly caught fire.
The final incident in Portland allegedly involving Muhammed was on Oct. 11. Prosecutors claim he used a metal baton to smash out the windows of the Oregon Historical Society, Portland State University, Sprint T-Mobile, Bank of America and Ben Bridge Jewelers.
The 28-count indictment, filed on March 22, charges Muhammed with the following crimes:
• Attempted aggravated murder (two counts)
• Attempted assault in the first degree (two counts)
• Attempted murder in the first degree (four counts)
• Attempted murder in the second degree (two counts)
• Criminal mischief in the first degree (six counts)
• Riot (four counts)
• Unlawful manufacture of a destructive device (two counts)
• Unlawful possession of a destructive device (two counts)
• Unlawful possession of a firearm (one count)
• Unlawful possession of a loaded firearm (one count)
• Unlawful use of a weapon (two counts)
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