Portland, OR – Court documents revealed police have an informant who has been providing them with “credible and reliable” tips on multiple investigations regarding the antifa riots that have been plaguing the downtown area for most of the past year.
Eyewitness testimony from the informant is among prosecutors’ strongest pieces of evidence against Alma Raven-Guido, 19, who has been arrested on felony arson, riot, and criminal mischief charges for allegedly setting the Portland Police Association (PPA) building on fire on Tuesday night, Willamette Week reported.
The arson resulted in at least $25,000 in damages, according to the Daily Emerald.
Court documents filed Wednesday revealed that an unnamed informant provided an alleged firsthand account regarding Raven-Guido’s role in the attack, Willamette Week reported.
“The informant observed the defendant pour a flammable liquid on the building from three plastic bottles which the informant described as having labels which were either blacked out or taped over with black tape,” the affidavit reads, according to Willamette Week. “The informant further explained that when the defendant was pouring the liquid on the fire and causing the fire to grow, one of the bottles caught on fire and started to melt.”
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) April 14, 2021
The informant told investigators the suspect then stuffed all three of the plastic bottles into her backpack, according to court documents.
“Police obtained information from an informant that the defendant was one of the people responsible,” Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Officer Ken Le told prosecutors, according to Willamette Week.
The informant also gave police a description of Raven-Guido, which helped officers track her down that night, police said.
When they placed her under arrest, they located plastic bottles containing an apparent “accelerant” in her backpack, as well as lighters, according to the affidavit.
One of the bottles they recovered was partially melted – consistent with the information provided by the informant, Willamette Week reported.
Portland Fire and Rescue Lieutenant Jason Anderson, who sat in on the interview with the informant, noted the informant doesn’t have any criminal convictions and “has a history of providing credible and reliable information on multiple prior investigations,” according to the affidavit.
Reporter Andy Ngo tweeted that the news about the police informant has antifa “panicking” and could become “one of the most significant blows to #antifa in Portland.”
“Someone knowledgeable about their organized criminal operations is an informant,” Ngo wrote. “It will make carrying out massive organized violence as they’ve done recently harder since they won’t trust one another.”
Despite the litany of felony charges she is facing, Raven-Guido was released from jail without bail, Ngo noted.
Last summer in Portland there were over 100 days of consecutive protests for racial justice.
Tonight abolitionist protesters wrote Daunte Wright and ACAB on the Portland police association building and then sit it on fire pic.twitter.com/N4vxpn8GyR
— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) April 14, 2021
She is also facing another felony riot charge stemming from a previous violent uprising that occurred in August of 2020, according to KATU.
The alleged arsonist is a journalism student at the University of Oregon, according to the Daily Emerald.
The Tuesday night arson at the PPA building was just one of many that have occurred at that location over the course of the past year.
On this occasion, a mob of approximately 100 people demanding the complete abolition of law enforcement in Portland marched from Kenton Park to the PPA at approximately 9:40 p.m., blocking traffic and shooting fireworks into the air along the way, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) said in a press release.
When the group arrived at the PPA, which is situated in a business and residential area, they promptly lit a garbage can on fire and placed it “directly next to the building,” according to police.
While officers were using the sound truck to order the rioters to “stop their criminal activity,” someone in the crowd sprayed an unidentified accelerant on the doors of the PPA building and set it ablaze, the PPB said.
“Incident command declared a riot due to the criminal activity and danger the fires were posing to the neighborhood,” the agency’s press release read.
Members of Portland Fire and Rescue doused the fires while police ordered rioters to get out of the roadway and to leave the area to the north.