Suspect in November riots arrested for vandalism, assault

Samuel Kusaj’s bail has been set at $250,000

Samuel Kusaj, 20, was arrested for his alleged role in the November 2016 riots, January 23, 2017. (PPB)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A suspect wanted for his alleged role in Portland’s anti-Trump riots in November 2016 was arrested Monday, according to police.

Samuel John Wick Kusaj III, 20, was taken into custody after police executed a search warrant at his Southeast Portland residence. Officers found him after an extensive investigation and tips from the community, including anonymously-shared photos.

Samuel Kusaj, 20, was arrested for his alleged role in the November 2016 riots, January 23, 2017. (PPB)
Samuel Kusaj, 20, was arrested for his alleged role in the November 2016 riots, January 23, 2017. (PPB)

He appeared in court Tuesday where he was formally charged with third-degree rioting and 3 counts of first-degree criminal mischief.

According to a probable cause statement, Kusaj was a participant of the large protest on November 10. He “was identified as the perpetrator, or aider and abetter, in several” of the acts of vandalism, according to deputy district attorney Ryan Lufkin.

Kusaj is accused of putting a large rock through the front windshield of a car at the Toyota of Portland dealership along NE Broadway. The damage cost more than $1,000 to repair. Another incident included damage to a Chase Bank window. A third included Kusaj breaking windows at a Bank of America location.

The assault charge stems from Kusaj reportedly punching a Good Samaritan who attempted to stop protesters from causing damage to a power junction box. “

The defendant hits the victim in the face with his fist and then continues to hit him in the back of the head as he fell to the ground,” Lufkin wrote.

Kusaj was reportedly “intimidating other persons who try and stop people from committing property damage from interfering,” records show.

Prosecutors also allege Kusaj was seen “verbally accosting” people on NW Lovejoy Street as other protesters caused property damage.

Kusaj’s bail has been set at $250,000. He does not have any criminal convictions that KOIN 6 News could locate during a background check.

He will be back in court on February 1.