DALLAS, Texas — A Texas man is facing federal charges for striking a U.S. Marshal deputy with a four-pound blacksmith hammer several times during a protest in Portland last week.
According to court documents obtained by MyTexasDaily.com, 23-year-old Jacob Michael Gaines, a Texas resident who was residing in a recreational vehicle in the Portland area, was charged with one count of assaulting a federal officer.
Gaines was allegedly observed around 1 a.m., on July 11, 2020, using a hammer to damage a barricade at the entrance to the Hatfield Federal Courthouse during protests last week. The courthouse had been the target of numerous attempts of vandalism during protests and riots the past several weeks, according to federal prosecutors, which had resulted in extensive damage to the building.
"At the time, federal law enforcement personnel were staged inside the courthouse to protect the facility and respond to incidents," read a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office. "Law enforcement attempted to exit the courthouse to prevent Gaines from breaching the barricaded entrance."
While attempting to detain Gaines, prosecutors say he struck the U.S. Marshals Service deputy three times in the left shoulder, the lower neck, and the upper back.
"While being struck, the deputy managed to hold onto Gaines while other officers handcuffed him and placed him under arrest," continued the statement.
The U.S. Marshals Service deputy was able to deflect many of the blows to prevent serious injury, according to authorities.
Gaines made his initial appearance in federal court earlier today before a U.S. Magistrate Judge and was released pending further proceedings, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon.