An accused rioter caught on surveillance video is facing federal charges for causing tens of thousands of dollars in damages to federal property at three separate Portland riots. The Post Millennial can exclusively report that suspect Anthony Aaron Amoss, 33, of Fairview, Ore., has close ties to Antifa.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon is prosecuting Amoss on an accusation that he broke more than a dozen windows at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse and the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in March and April.
A masked man identified by federal authorities as being Amoss was recorded throwing projectiles at the courthouse's windows in the early hours of March 14. That week, federal officials began dismantling the heavy duty fencing that was erected last year to protect the building from rioters. Antifa extremists promptly gathered to vandalize the courthouse again, forcing officials to put the fencing back up.
Amoss is accused of doing more than $143,000 in property damages that day.
On March 20 and April 1, Amoss then allegedly threw more than 40 projectiles at the ICE facility, causing over $21,000 in damages from broken windows. A large pile of concrete chunks in a bag was found at the scene of the March 20 riot.
Amoss first appeared in federal court on June 2 before a US Magistrate Judge and was released pending further court proceedings.
The federal criminal complaint suggests Amoss is affiliated with or is a member of Antifa.
"Protest events in Portland are primarily attended by people in ‘black block,’ a term used to describe the all black, nondescript clothing," wrote a senior special agent with the Federal Protective Service in the affidavit. "ANTIFA and other groups have stated that the intent of wearing 'black block' is to protect members of the group willing to take 'direct action' by making it difficult for law enforcement to identify individuals and further anonymizing them."
In a photo taken by federal authorities at his April 1 arrest, an Antifa emblem can be seen on Amoss' body armor.
Amoss' social media posts further suggest he is a militant Antifa member. The Antifa Action logo was featured prominently on his personal Facebook and Twitter profiles. (It was removed following the announcement he had been charged last week).
He has instructed Portland protesters to wear facial coverings to evade identification and potential arrest by federal authorities. "These feds are surveilling as many as they can to ID and arrest," Amoss shared on Facebook at the height of riots in July 2020. "Wear facial coverings everywhere and switch up your routes daily. Do not become predictable."
In October 2020, he called on other Antifa comrades to confront and chase away attendees of a "Back the Blue" pro-police rally in Gresham, a city east of Portland.
Amoss interacted frequently on the Facebook page of Gresham Antifa. "TAKE IT TO THE STREETS AND F— DHS!!" a March 2021 online flyer circulated by Amoss reads on the Gresham Antifa page.
Before allegedly participating in far-left protests and riots, Amoss worked at the Moda Center, an indoor arena where the Portland Trail Blazers play. He was laid off last March at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fox 12 reported.
During the summer of BLM-Antifa rioting last year, Amoss signed a petition that demanded Gov. Kate Brown activate the Oregon National Guard to stop federal law enforcement surged under former President Donald Trump.
"Because I am a peaceful protester," Amoss wrote as his reason for signing the petition.
Amoss was reached for comment but did not respond in time for publication.