Accused Portland rioter charged with destroying Jeep

Volik Muntyan's Jeep was vandalized as he drove downtown during a riot

These people destroyed a Jeep during anti-Trump riots in downtown Portland on November 10, 2016 (Screen grab YouTube video)
These people destroyed a Jeep during anti-Trump riots in downtown Portland on November 10, 2016 (Screen grab YouTube video)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man has been arrested for his role in the post-election riots in Portland.

Gavin Hotchkiss in his booking photo on November 17, 2016. (MCSO)

Gavin Hotchkiss, 20, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of criminal mischief and riot.

Investigators believe Hotchkiss was involved in vandalizing a Jeep that was surrounded by protesters in downtown Portland.

The driver of that Jeep said he was targeted because he had an American flag on his car.

When rioters approached his car and asked why, he said, “Because I am a U.S. citizen. They said, ‘did you vote for Trump?’ I said ‘I’m not going to tell you who I voted for but I can tell you I support the election results.'”

Volik Muntyan said he was driving downtown with his family when several people on motorcycles followed them for several blocks and blocked his car while rioters vandalized it.

“They had hammers and they smashed the windshield and spray painted doors,” he told KOIN 6 News.

Valic Muntyan was driving downtown when rioters attacked his Jeep. (KOIN)
Volik Muntyan was driving downtown when rioters attacked his Jeep. (KOIN)

Muntyan, who is originally from Ukraine, said he is used to this kind of behavior, just not in America.

“I was in shock and I tried to stay calm and control what was happening but it was really crazy,” Muntyan said.

He shot video of the attack from inside the Jeep that shows people yelling at him and hitting his car: (Warning, video contains profanity)

Police are still looking for leads for other suspects of vandalism during the riots.