Portland, OR – A grand jury on Tuesday indicted the man Portland police identified as having attacked an elderly man during a violent protest downtown on June 29.
Gage Halupowski, 23, was scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday and is facing charges of second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, attempted assault of a public safety officer, and interfering with a peace officer, The Oregonian reported.
Halupowski was one of the black-masked antifa who were captured on video as they attacked an elderly man who walked through the area where they were marching.
The video, posted by Human Events Managing Editor Ian Miles Cheong, showed a group of thugs grabbing an elderly man with white hair and beating him with a crowbar and spraying him with mace.
A big man in a black shirt with a red beard tried to intervene but antifa members beat him as well, striking him over the head before they sprayed him with mace as well, the video showed.
But the man did not give up on helping the elderly man.
The video showed the big bleeding man heading over to help the elderly man but then he was attacked again by masked antifa, who shoved him away and up onto the sidewalk, where they sprayed him again from an industrial-sized can of mace.
Once the older man was able to get to his feet, he continued walking away from the violent protesters as they screamed at him.
A man with a camera stepped in and handed the bleeding elderly man a cloth to wipe his face.
The older man then held onto his rescuer’s hand and the man walked him safely away from the crowd, the video showed.
The Good Samaritan who helped him, Adam Kelly, was taken to the hospital where doctors used 25 stitches and staples to close the bloody gashes on his head.
The probable cause affidavit said that Halupowski was one of many antifa involved in the fight at Pioneer Courthouse Square, The Oregonian reported.
The affidavit said an officer saw Halupowski run up behind Kelly and strike him on the head with an expandable baton.
Police said that when another officer tried to arrest Halupowski, he punched her in the arm and ran away, The Oregonian reported.
Multiple citizens and police officers were injured and three people were arrested during the violent protests led by black-masked antifa.
Most of the city’s streets were shut down or blocked as roving bands of antifa, clad in black and wearing hoods or helmets with black face masks, attacked police, conservative demonstrators, and at least one journalist.
Separate demonstrations led by different factions had been planned in several places in the city, but by 3 p.m. the violence and mayhem had escalated to the point where the Portland Police Bureau was forced to declare a civil disturbance and unlawful assembly, The Oregonian reported.
Protesters threw eggs, milkshakes, and other projectiles at the police officers tasked with keeping peace during the demonstrations.
Police said some of the milkshakes that were thrown contained “a substance similar to quick-drying cement,” The Oregonian reported.
Quick-drying cement can cause chemical burns, even after it's washed off.
Officers in crowd-control gear lined up to shut down passage on street and police ordered the crowd to disperse through a loudspeaker and threatened to use crowd control tactics on those who did not leave.
During the chaos of the day, journalist Andy Ngo was attacked by a mob several times.
Although he said he reported the initial incidences to police when they happened, it wasn’t until after he was beaten and bloody, with his camera gear stolen, that he felt police were taking the attacks seriously.
Ngo was filming the crowd when he was attacked from multiple directions by masked antifa and his GoPro camera was stolen.
He was able to get clear of the crowd and talk with officers, and then was transported to the emergency room for treatment.
Ngo was admitted to the hospital overnight with a “brain bleed,” according to his attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon.