A 22-year-old man was arrested twice in a day after joining protests in Portland and allegedly destroyed property.
Darby Marshall Howard, who had arrived at Portland, Oregon two weeks ago, was among the demonstrators at the Wells Fargo center on Thursday.
Together with about 50 protesters, they pushed their inside the city’s tallest skyscraper and refused to leave.
State prosecutors said that Howard allegedly punched on the TVs in the building’s lobby and kicked an automatic sliding door while inside, causing more than $1,000 in damages.
He also allegedly punched Portland police Officer David Baer in the head and attempted to push his way through the line of cops in a bid to get away.
The officers arrested Howard shortly after 3 pm after finding him outside the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse and charged him with criminal mischief, resisting arrest and, attempted assault on an officer.
Jail records show he was released on his own recognizance after booking at around 8:30 pm, and was ordered to report to Multnomah County Circuit Court on March 15.
However, Howard joined another protest almost immediately and was arrested again at around 10:45 pm for allegedly slamming a Lime electric scooter against a front glass pane window of the building twice.
He was booked at the same jail at 1 am Friday and was detained for the destruction of government property as surveillance cameras captured him still wearing the same gray T-shirt and neon sneakers he was wearing during his initial arrest.
He now faces a felony charge and made his first appearance in Federal court Friday afternoon.
While Howard does not have any prior criminal convictions, court records described him as someone with “unstable housing, unemployed, drug use history.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Nyhus also described him as someone who “lack of ties to the community”, and cited his disregard for the conditions of his jail release just hours before his federal arrest.