A Portland man was charged on Tuesday for arson aimed at the city’s Justice Center. If convicted, he faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a mandatory sentence of 5 years. Edward Thomas Schinzing was charged with intentionally setting fire to the Justice Center on May 29. He appeared in federal court for the first time on Tuesday, and will now await further court proceedings.
H/T: The Epoch Times
Oregon’s top federal prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams, announced in a release that Schinzing was identified after comparing the surveillance footage with a jail booking photo and a distinctive tattoo of his last name across his upper back.
More from the Justice Department release:
Among those who entered the Justice Center, Schinzing was identified by a comparison with a jail booking photo and a distinctive tattoo of his last name across his upper back. Schinzing spread a fire that started near the front of the office by lighting additional papers on fire and moving them into a drawer of a separate cubicle.
At about 11:08 p.m., the building’s fire sprinkler system activated and extinguished the fires. At about the same time, law enforcement officers secured that portion of the Justice Center. The Multnomah County Detention Center housed approximately 289 inmates at the time.
Schinzing made his first appearance in federal court today before a U.S. Magistrate Judge and was ordered detained pending further court proceedings. Arson is punishable by up to 20 years in prison with a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years.
Portland Man Charged in May 29, 2020 Arson at Justice Center: Edward Thomas Schinzing has been charged with using fire to maliciously damage or destroy the Justice Center in downtown Portland on May 29, 2020. https://t.co/VtWE8RmoPj— FBI Portland (@FBIPortland) July 29, 2020
Defendant was among those who entered the Justice Center after marching with a group of protesters. He helped spread the fire and was later ID'd by a distinctive tattoo. pic.twitter.com/Mp95xdpHZk— U.S. Attorney Oregon (@USAO_OR) July 28, 2020
Breaking: Edward Thomas Schinzing, 32, has been charged by federal authorities for allegedly setting fire to the Justice Center on 29 May on the first night of antifa/BLM rioting in Portland. He was allegedly filmed being part of the mob who stormed the building. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/CzAkdREJz4— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 28, 2020
Federal authorities said that 32-year-old Edward Schinzing was identified in part by the distinctive tattoo on his shirtless back, featuring his last name. He faces a federal arson charge for his part in the Justice Center incident. https://t.co/9GhDsFfBYX— NewsWatch 12 (@KDRV) July 29, 2020
Watch "peaceful" Portland protesters break windows at the Justice Center in downtown Portland below.