Joey Gibson, the leader of the alt-right Vancouver, Washington-based group Patriot Prayer, turned himself in to the Multnomah County Justice Center at 12:30 pm Friday. Gibson faces one felony charge of inciting a riot on May 1 at Northeast Portland bar Cider Riot.
Update, 4 pm Friday:
According to Multnomah County's online inmate roster, Gibson has been released on bail. His arraignment is scheduled for the morning of Monday, August 19.
Gibson arrived at the justice center, located in downtown Portland, around noon on Friday, and spent time speaking with local reporters before turning himself in. His name now appears on Multnomah County's online inmate roster, with bail listed at $5,000.
Gibson announced that he had been charged yesterday on conservative talk radio host Lars Larson's show. From the Mercury's coverage:
Gibson led Patriot Prayer to Cider Riot on May 1 after learning that members of Portland's anti-fascist (commonly known as "antifa") community were meeting there to celebrate a day of peaceful May Day rallies. After yelling insults at Cider Riot patrons from the adjacent sidewalk, the opposing groups engaged in a street fight. In one video, Gibson appears to be playing referee in an organized fist fight. One woman with antifa was knocked out cold by several Patriot Prayer agitators, and sent to the hospital with an alleged vertebrae fracture.
Shortly after the May 1 clash, Cider Riot owner Abe Goldman-Armstrong sued Gibson for negligence and trespassing. Goldman-Armstrong also named five other members of Patriot Prayer as defendants in the suit: Ian Kramer, Matthew Cooper, Christopher Ponte, MacKenzie Lewis, Russell Schultz, and David Willis.
Within the past week, PPB has charged every defendant but Willis for crimes related to the May Day incident—ranging from assault with a weapon to inciting a riot. None of the people associated with antifa or other left-wing groups who were at Cider Riot that day have been charged with a crime.
Gibson's arrest comes one day before another major alt-right demonstration will occur in downtown Portland. Portland police say the protest could possibly turn violent.