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Portland Residents Accused of Obstructing Federal Officers Protecting Federal Property

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. – Essence Maya Sylvester, 18, and Alexis Richter, 20, both of Portland, Oregon, made initial appearances today in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman.

The court arraigned Sylvester and Richter on a 2-count information alleging two misdemeanors:  Failing to Obey a Lawful Order and Disorderly Conduct on Federal Property.

On the early morning hours of October 7, 2020, a protest group was protesting in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Building, where Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Services (FPS) Officers were assigned to protect federal property during protests and demonstrations taking place in Portland.  Sylvester and Richter blocked the entrance to the building by lying across the entryway, preventing law enforcement vehicles from entering or leaving the premises.  Both failed to move despite repeated warnings not to impede vehicular traffic. Both were arrested and refused to provide their names to officers.  Sylvester and Richter were released on conditions pending trial scheduled for December 8, 2020 before U.S. District Court Judge Marco A. Hernandez.

This case was investigated by Federal Protective Services and is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office.

An information is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated October 7, 2020