Four suspects have been arrested and charged over the violent Antifa riot at the Oregon state Capitol in Salem on Sunday where black bloc militants assaulted drivers on the road with rocks, paint and pepper spray.
The “Fascist Free 503” direct action was organized on social media by Antifa groups to confront those participating in the right-wing “Freedom Rally.” Antifa accounts from across the Pacific Northwest urged their comrades to prepare for violence.
Before noon, about 100 Antifa mostly from the Portland-area arrived at the Capitol dressed in riot gear and black clothing. The Salem Police Department said in a press release that the militants were armed with weapons and riot supplies, including guns, bats, skateboards, umbrellas, shields and gas masks.
The mob occupied Court Street in front of the Capitol building and targeted moving vehicles by hurling paint-filled balloons, rocks and other projectiles. Numerous vehicles displaying American flags had their windows shattered and windshields covered in paint. At one point, Antifa rioters threw a large tree branch through a truck’s front window, nearly impaling a female passenger inside.
For several hours, local and state law enforcement sent out tweets about the violence but did not initially intervene. Eventually, Salem Police shut down Court Street before declaring an unlawful assembly. Antifa were dispersed from the area and some of them went on to attack more drivers, including in one dramatic instant where they smashed up a man’s truck and pepper sprayed the driver before he took out a handgun. Viral video showed the man being detained on the ground by police. The man was interviewed and released without charges. Salem Police said he was the victim of an assault and was in legal possession of the concealed handgun.
Four Antifa riot suspects were arrested throughout the day.
Anthony Villaneda Martinez, an 18-year-old Antifa member, faces several serious charges, including felony assault of an officer, attempted assault of an officer, carrying a concealed knife and multiple counts of unlawful laser pointing. His bail was set at $52,500 and he was bailed out by the Salem Bail Fund, who coordinated with Antifa Salem. The fund took donations online via PayPal and Venmo.
Villaneda Martinez is also a far-left activist in the Latinos Unidos Siempre group. In 2019, he contributed an op-ed for Teen Vogue where he wrote about how he was in and out of the juvenile justice system since childhood.
Andrew Alan Foy, 34, of Portland, is charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and second-degree criminal trespass. He was also quickly bailed out by Salem Bail Fund. Foy is from a well-to-do family in Chesapeake, Va. but has started amateur gay zoophilic-themed pornography work since moving to Portland. On his professional social media, he identifies as an “independent photojournalist,” and his posts reflect support for Antifa.
34-year-old Portland transgender Antifa William “Lexy” Lloyd Isham is charged with interfering with a police officer. She attended many riots in Portland and has an extensive criminal history in Oregon. She identifies as a freelance journalist.
Ishlam was arrested last year for interfering with a peace officer and second-degree disorderly conduct. Those charges were dropped. In 2018, she was arrested in Douglas County on six felony counts of identity theft, six counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and six felony counts of computer crime. Every single one of those charges against Isham was dismissed. She was convicted of first-degree theft in 2012 and felony second-degree assault in 2009.
Nathan Lee McFarland, 33, of Salem, is accused of second-degree disorderly conduct. He was also quickly bailed out. McFarland frequently attends extreme far-left gatherings in Oregon. He has been convicted of two separate possession and felony delivery of marijuana charges in the past. His social media is filled with anti-Trump posts. McFarland promoted and has since boasted about being at Sunday’s riot on Facebook.
The Salem Bail Fund, the far-left group responsible for bailing out Antifa riot suspects, has not returned The Post Millennial’s request for comment. Nathan McFarland was reached but did not respond to questions.
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