Portland woman accused of rioting faces both local and federal charges

A 29-year-old woman was arrested and federally charged for allegedly punching a Portland cop in the face during a riot in July.

In the latest example of federal authorities ramping up efforts to hold Portland rioters accountable, a 29-year-old woman was arrested and federally charged for allegedly punching a Portland cop in the face during a riot in July.

According to Justice Department court documents, Laurielle Yvette Aviles, of Portland, assaulted a police officer in an attempt to de-arrest a fellow rioter on July 3. She was charged at the time by Portland Police and was released on her own recognizance. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s office announced this week that Aviles is charged with one count of felony riot, one count of attempted assault of a public safety officer, one count of resisting arrest and one count of interfering with a peace officer. Following an FBI investigation, she now also has a felony civil disorder charge.  

At the riot overnight on July 2–3, Antifa militants launched mortars, glass bottles, and rocks at law enforcement near the Multnomah County Justice Center and the Mark O. Hatfield. U.S. Courthouse. Nine people were arrested in total.

Aviles served as member-at-large for the Oregon Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Board of Directors. Shortly before her riot arrest in June, she was the sign language translator for a Portland NAACP event featuring Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and city council woman Jo Ann Hardesty.

She is outspoken against President Donald Trump on social media, asserting that a vote for his re-election in November is “an act of violence” against her and her “LGBTQ+ BIPOC” family.

Aviles surrendered to the U.S. Marshals Service on the federal felony charge on Tuesday and made a first appearance in federal court before a U.S. magistrate judge on Wednesday. She was released pending further proceedings. If convicted, Aviles faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.


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