Update: PPB Needs Help From In-Person Witnesses in Regard to Explosive Device (Photo)

August 18, 2020 18:14

  

Portland Police Bureau investigators have been contacted by Mr. Fernbaugh by phone. Mr. Fernbaugh is represented by an attorney and is not making any statement at this time. Mr. Fernbaugh has not been cleared at this time and unless a witness, who was actually present, comes forward to investigators connecting him directly to the crime, he will not be arrested.

The FBI is assisting with the investigation.

PPB has received the "unexploded device," and it will be sent for forensic analysis.

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PPB has reviewed social media reports and videos involving the explosive device from Laurelhurst Park on August 8, 2020. PPB Investigators have received multiple emails demanding action in this case and they are working hard to get answers. As of today, no in-person witness, someone who was actually there, has come forward to assist in the investigation.

Investigators would like to remind the public that PPB still needs in-person witnesses and/or potential victims to come forward. Detailed in-person witness accounts are crucial in moving this case forward. Those with knowledge who have spoken to the press are encouraged to contact investigators. PPB has also attempted to contact the man identified in a video, Louis Garrick Fernbaugh. Investigators would encourage Mr. Fernbaugh to contact them.

Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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The Portland Police Bureau is still investigating the report of possible explosive devices thrown at protesters on Saturday in Laurelhurst Park. The photos included in the press release were posted by whatriot.com. PPB is not in possession of the potential evidence and is looking to collect it. Anyone with information, please contact Detective Meredith Hopper at 503-823-3408, meredith.hopper@portlandoregon.gov . In addition to collecting evidence, we are seeking to interview anyone who was a direct eyewitness, and anyone who has first-hand video of the incidents.

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The Portland Police Bureau is investigating reports that a person or persons threw explosive devices at protestors in the early morning hours of Saturday August 8, 2020.

At 2:28 a.m., officers responded to a 9-1-1 call at Laurelhurst Park on the report of a disturbance and "bombs" going off. Officers arrived in the area and spoke to some witnesses along the Stark Street side of the park, but the witnesses did not report hearing anything. Other officers observed people in the park who were shining lights at the police before scattering out of the area.

Several hours later, social media users posted photos (see attached) and videos of what appears to be some kind of explosive device and an explosion in the park. There has been no information shared about any reported injuries.

Additional social media posts report that there were two suspects involved in this incident. Additionally, there are posts showing a person that social media users are reporting to have been involved in this incident; however, this information has not been verified.

Arson investigators would like to hear from anyone who personally witnessed this incident, anyone with specific suspect information, or any additional video or images that might aid in the investigation. Additionally, if anyone took the remnants or unexploded material from the scene, investigators would like to recover those items for evidentiary purposes. Anyone with information should contact Detective Meredith Hopper at 503-823-3408, meredith.hopper@portlandoregon.gov .

For persons wishing to remain anonymous, tips may be submitted safely and securely to Crime Stoppers of Oregon online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/ or by phone at 503-823-HELP (4357).

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Portland, OR 97204

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