PORTLAND, Ore. — A man rioting in Portland was outed by his own grandmother after she identified him by the protective vest he wore, which could be seen in video footage. The clothing item was reportedly purchased by her, according to reports.
A suspect was caught on film throwing what appeared to be an explosive device at the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, a place of nightly violence over the past few weeks. The explosion from the device reportedly created a concussion that could be “heard and felt more than a block away,” police said.
Antifa just threw what appears to be an IED at the federal courthouse. pic.twitter.com/fX1UMvsFUw
— Brittany (@Brittany3l) July 28, 2020
The suspect wore a green vest with the word “ICONS” printed on it.
Karla Fox, 69, said she immediately recognized the vest as the one she purchased for her grandson, Gabriel “Rico” Agard-Berryhill, according to the New York Post.
“I bought the vest for him after he found one online after getting hit with rubber bullets the night before at the protest,” Fox told the Post.
Apparently the guy who threw an explosive at the federal courthouse in Portland has been identified in a review of the vest his grandma bought for him to riot in. You couldn’t make this up. pic.twitter.com/t0niw3boUN
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 28, 2020
Fox posted a review for the vest, as well as posted a photo to Facebook of her grandson posing in the garment. She initially identified her grandson in a tweet, the Daily Mail reported.
Fox told that Post that when she last saw her grandson last week, he said he was peacefully protesting and “protected a girl.”
A man in the same vest, identified as “Rico” in an affidavit, appears in a viral July 18 video using a shield to protect a nude protester dubbed “Naked Athena.”
“I don’t condone any of this,” Fox told the Post. “I am amazed at all of these events.”
Agard-Berryhill, 18, appeared to confess to “misguided involvement” in texts to the Post on Thursday, but he did not take credit for the explosive device.
“The device I’ve been accused of allegedly throwing was allegedly given to me by an unknown protestor with full face coverings,” Agard-Berryhill wrote to the paper. “I was allegedly told that it was a strobe firework that wouldn’t damage the building or harm anyone around it.”
“Law enforcement has not contacted me for any alleged crime as of right now,” he claimed.
According to the Post, Agard-Berryhill later told his probation officer that he wanted to turn himself in. He was arrested by the U.S. Marshals and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, the news organization reported. He has been charged with felony arson and faces a minimum of five years in prison if convicted.
He was later released without bail, Fox News reported.
He told a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent that the device he was told to throw had “yellow cardboard packaging with blue stripes, was the size of a small ‘V8’ can, and had a green fuse,” the Post reported.
Fox said her grandson is currently on probation for a felony conviction when he was a minor, the Daily Mail reported. She said he spent the past two years at the Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility in southern Oregon.