Seven charged in vandalism of federal buildings – caught wearing Antifa garb, carrying firebombs

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Reportedly seven people are currently facing a series of felony charges in relation to criminal offenses linked to two federal buildings in Philadelphia that were vandalized on December 31st, 2020.

Authorities were also said to have discovered the likes of Molotov cocktails among some of the alleged offenders charged. 

According to police, a gathering of roughly 50 people – said to have been adorning all black at the time – were first seen outside of the U.S. Customs House at 8:30 p.m. on December 31st. 

Police were said to have witnessed a man, later identified as 25-year-old Adam McVicker, throwing a brick through the windows of a federal building and courthouse just before 9:00 p.m. that evening. 

McVicker was said to have been charged with the alleged throwing of the brick, as well as criminal mischief and other related offenses. 

Aside from the brick thrown at the windows of the building, the likes of graffiti bearing anti-police and anti-prison slogans were said to have been spotted on building walls. Authorities also say that a sheriff’s van was also the target of vandalism, with the van having had the windows busted out and graffitied. 

Following the events described, 24-year-old Dustin Callahan, 23-year-old Allison Donohue, and 31-year-old Josey Augustine were said to have been similarly charged as McVicker was. 

Three others were charged with offenses related to matters more serious than just criminal destruction of property and the ilk.

Authorities have charged 25-year-old Jacob Robotin, 22-year-old Sydney Miller, and 26-year-old Meredith Tooker with offenses ranging from attempted arson and risking a catastrophe, to even criminal conspiracy. 

Police say that Robotin was found in possession of a glass jar with a fuse that had “a strong flammable odor,” while also allegedly carrying a container with some white powder substance that was simply labeled as “fire starter”. 

As for Miller, authorities allege that the suspect was found in possession of multiple bottles containing a liquid that bore a “chemical smell”. Chief Inspector Mike Cram confirmed on the day following in incidents that several Molotov cocktails – and other destructive devices – were recovered. 

This is an ongoing investigation. 

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we gather further insight into the pending case. 

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Speaking of matters related to Antifa-influenced riots, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler finally admitted that his city might have a problem with said group. And, believe it or not, he actually called out the group by name in a recent press conference. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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PORTLAND, OR– For months now, many have wondered when someone was going to try to put a stop to the all out chaos raging through the streets of Portland. From Antifa burning buildings to the ground and attacking police officers, to residents and business owners fleeing, Portland has officially lost control. 

Now, Portland’s Mayor, Ted Wheeler, has finally come to his senses it seems, and has admitted his flawed approach when dealing with Antifa, in addition to asking for federal and state assistance to help put an end to all of the madness taking place. 

On New Year’s Day, Wheeler said in a press conference:

“My good-faith efforts at de-escalation have been met with ongoing violence and even scorn from radical Antifa and anarchists,” 

He continued:

“In response, it will be necessary to use additional tools and to push the limits of the tools we already have to bring the criminal destruction and violence to an end.”

The Mayor went on to say:

“It’s time to push back harder against those who are set on destroying our community and to take more risks in fighting lawlessness,” 

The Mayor’s remarks follow the violent Antifa attacks on New Years Eve that Law Enforcement Today reported on. The New Year’s Eve celebrations in Portland reportedly “devolved” into riotous acts, with fireworks and other incendiary devices being lodged against the federal courthouse and law enforcement within the city. 

LET reported that according to reports from Portland Police, firebombs were said to have been hurled at police officers and fireworks were aimed at the courthouse, which has been the target of rioters for most of 2020:

“A gathering in downtown Portland has devolved into a riot. Participants have thrown multiple firebombs at officers and launched commercial grade fireworks at the Federal Courthouse and Justice Center.”

The firebombs described by the PPB were later clarified to have resembled Molotov cocktails, in which two of them were reportedly thrown by members within the amassed crowd. 

In an announcement made on Twitter, the PPB declared the gathering to be a riot and instructed all those in the area to clear out: 

“The violence from the crowd has prompted a declaration of a riot. All persons in the area of Southwest 3rd Avenue around Southwest Main Street are ordered to leave to the south and west immediately.”

“If you do not leave you are subject to arrest, citation, and/or the use of force, including but not limited to impact weapons and tear gas.”

“We should be clear what this was last night, it was about violence and criminal destruction, period,” 

Mayor Wheeler called upon federal, state, county, and local law enforcement partners to work with him to develop “clear plans to address anarchist violence.” He also asked the Oregon Legislature to increase the penalties for people who engage in repeated acts of criminal destruction and vandalism, according to Breitbart.

In his New Year’s Day statement, Wheeler made an attempt at sounding authoritative, saying:

“We need more accountability and we need to hold people responsible for their criminal conduct.”

Following the apology statements, Wheeler admitted his lack of authority and enforcement of the laws may have added to the chaos.

According to Breitbart, Mayor Wheeler said in an article published by The Oregonian:

“I hope it is not an ongoing phenomenon,”

He continued:

“Our objective is to protect lives and end the occupation. And nobody should take this as an invitation to do it anywhere else. The end result could turn out very differently.”

The mayor claimed that he did not understand how when most people should be focused on hope and the future in the New Year, others can cause such destruction, saying:

“hope and optimism that can come with the dawn of a new year, why would a group of largely white, young and some middle-aged men, from all reports, destroy the livelihood of other people who are struggling to get by?”

He continued:

“It’s the height of selfishness,” 

He concluded his statement by saying:

“There are just some people who want to watch the world burn. That’s what we’re up against here.”

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