Federal prosecutors want to place more restrictions onÂ Jeffrey Grace, a Battle Ground resident who was arrested with his sonÂ for their alleged roles in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., after he was seen in downtown Portland this past weekend with weapons during a skirmish with opposing political groups.
Prosecutors want to ban him from possessing "any firearms, weapons, or destructive devices" while his case in the District of Columbia continues.
Grace allegedly traveled from his home in Battle Ground to Portland on Aug. 7 as "part of a larger group" who provided "perimeter security" for a religious gathering at Waterfront Park. That event became a melee with far-right group members clashing with left-wing members.
"According to Grace, the pastor and other attendees were confronted by 'antifa' members," prosecutors said in court documents filed in D.C. Tuesday. They cited Grace's own YouTube channel andÂ a KOIN.com post by Zane Sparling of the Portland Tribune.
"In Portland, Grace also appeared to carry a black baton, and at another event, possibly on Aug. 8, Grace wore a helmet while carrying what appears to be a can of chemical irritant and a wood-colored baton. In both Portland and El Paso (around July 20), Grace engaged in what appear to be pre-planned confrontations with individuals," prosecutors said.
Prosecutors want the modification because of Grace's "escalating behavior and his willingness to bring his firearm and other weapons to engage in pre-planned conflicts. It will also bring the defendant's conditions of release in line with other similarly situated defendants, including the defendant's son."
Federal officials also said Grace wasn't "fully candid" when he was interviewed before his arrest for his alleged actions on Jan. 6. And, they said, his recent behavior twice bringing weapons "to pre-planned confrontations with others and vowed to continue doing so, establishes that the proposed amendment is reasonably necessary to protect the safety of the community."
KOIN 6 News is a media partner of the Portland Tribune. Click here to read their story.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.