A serial riot arrestee charged over assaulting officers in August 2020 at a Portland riot had a federal case dismissed after completing 30 hours of community service.
Male-to-female trans Antifa rioter Joshua "Eva" Martin Warner, of Beaverton, Oregon, was charged last September by criminal complaint with felony civil disorder after she was found targeting the eyes of multiple law enforcement officers with a high-powered laser during an Aug. 8, 2020, riot in north Portland.
An unlawful assembly was declared at the Portland Police Association office on North Lombard Street during the evening in question after arsonists vandalized windows and set fire to the police union building. The far-left crowd also used vehicles and dumpsters to block nearby traffic, according to court documents.
Oregon State Police officers notified the police department's Rapid Response Team that Warner had directed a powerful green laser into the eyes of numerous officers attempting to disperse the Antifa riot, according to a Department of Justice press release. The lasers, weaponized by Antifa black bloc, can cause permanent eye damage. Warner resisted arrest, prompting authorities to use force. Responding officers found a black, pen-style laser pointer in Warner's possession.
Warner was taken into Multnomah County custody and charged with unlawful directing of light from a laser pointer, interfering with a peace officer, and second-degree disorderly conduct. She was quickly released without bail. At the October 2020 arraignment, all three charges against Warner were not pursued.
Later on Sept. 2, 2020, after the federal case was investigated by the FBI, Warner was arrested by the US Marshals Service in a southeast Portland apartment without incident. Warner appeared in federal court a day later before a US magistrate judge and was released pending further court proceedings. At the time, Warner faced a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.
"The government moves the Court for an Order under Fed. R. Crim. P. Rule 48(a) to dismiss with prejudice the indictment against Defendant, the best interest of justice," reads the Dec. 21 motion filed in US District Court and submitted by Acting US Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug for the District of Oregon. "Defendant has successfully complied with the terms of the Defendant Resolution Agreement, including performing at least 30 hours of community service."
The 26-year-old trans person was arrested three times and released by local authorities at multiple Portland-area Antifa riots throughout August 2020.
A week later when Antifa rioters shut down streets in north Portland on Aug. 14 2020, Warner returned and was arrested again for criminal mischief in the second degree. She was quickly released as well from police custody without bail.
Then on Aug. 22, Antifa rioters attacked the Penumbra Kelly building in southeast Portland. Warner was arrested for a third time and charged for interfering with a peace officer and second-degree disorderly conduct. She was released without bail and the charges were not prosecuted by the Multnomah County District Attorney.