A Portland man who faced no prosecution for allegedly assaulting Portland cops with a powerful laser is now being federally charged instead. Hugo Ryan Berteau-Pavy, 26, was arrested on Wednesday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has been charged with felony civil disorder by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.
Berteau-Pavy was identified and photographed by a Portland Police Bureau officer watching the crowd of hundreds of BLM-antifa protesters and rioters who surrounded the Multnomah County Justice Center in downtown Portland on June 13. The complaint says he was standing in the street and shining his laser into the faces of officers protecting the building, which had been broken into and set on fire two weeks prior. Rioters at the time attempted to topple and dismantle the fence set-up around the building.
As the protest continued into the early hours the next day, Berteau-Pavy joined a march to Mayor Ted Wheeler’s condominium in northwest Portland. There, he was also observed shining a laser into homes in the building, according to the complaint. In recent weeks, BLM-Antifa protesters have returned to Wheeler’s home to protest and riot. On Monday, rioters broke into a business in the area and set the building on fire.
At the time, Portland Police charged Berteau-Pavy with unlawful directing of light from a laser pointer, interfering with a peace officer, and disorderly conduct in the second degree. His bail was quickly paid and he was released. The Multnomah County DA did not pursue any of the charges.
Previously, Berteau-Pavy was among 48 arrested at a June 6 unlawful assembly when a commercial grade firework was launched over the Justice Center fence, injuring two deputies. He was charged with interfering with a peace officer and bailed out. The Multnomah County DA did not pursue that charge either.
Berteau-Pavy appeared for the first time in federal court on Thursday and was released pending further court proceedings.
If convicted, Berteau-Pavy faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.