Man suspected in deadly Portland shooting calls himself ‘100% ANTIFA’
An ex-military man who calls himself “100% ANTIFA” and ready for “war” is being investigated over the death of Aaron “Jay” Danielson, a “supporter” of the right-wing Patriot Prayer group who was part of a caravan of Trump supporters who flooded the city Saturday, police sources told The Oregonian. He was previously been cited for having a loaded gun at protests, the paper said.
He was identified in part to a distinctive tattoo on his neck of a “black power” fist — as well as a call from his estranged sister who recognized him in video and photos of the deadly attack, the paper said.
The 36-year-old sister — who The Oregonian agreed not to name — was first alerted after a threatening call that woke her at 8 a.m. Sunday warning that “our whole family was in danger unless we turned him over.”
“We reached out to police and confirmed that we recognized Michael in the screenshots” from the shooting, she told the paper.
The father-of-two is estranged from most of his family — including his parents — after stealing from them, the sister said.
“On the one hand, this whole thing surprises the daylights out of us, because we always thought he is a lot of bark, not a lot of bite,” she said. “But he’s also been very impulsive and irrational.”
She decried the shooting as “not the solution” to the nation’s problems.
“Violence begets violence and hatred begets hatred. This is not the solution. My heart goes out to the victim. It always has, before I even knew my brother was involved.”
Reinoehl, who has a son and daughter, regularly posts about Black Lives Matter and the protests on his social media — which is now swamped with threats and pro-Trump messages in the comments.
“Every Revolution needs people that are willing and ready to fight,” he wrote in June, comparing it to his time in the Army.
“I am 100 % ANTIFA all the way! I am willing to fight for my brothers and sisters!” he said, insisting he would not “run” from violence.
“It will be a war and like all wars there will be casualties,” he wrote, calling protesters and ANTIFA “my brothers in arms.”
He also claims to have been hit by a rubber bullet while working “security” at protests, and most recently posted video of a flag being burned by a mob chanting “F–k Trump.”
Reinoehl was cited at a July 5 protest on allegations of possessing a loaded gun in a public place, resisting arrest and interfering with police, The Oregonian said.
He was given a date to appear in court later that month, but the allegations were dropped on July 30 with a “no complaint,” according to court records. No reason was given, and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office said it was reviewing the case.
He had a slew of other charges — including being accused of racing his 17-year-old son at speeds of up to 111 mph in June, the paper said, citing state police.
He was also previously charged with having a loaded Glock pistol, which he didn’t have a concealed handgun license for, when once stopped with his 11-year-old daughter as a passenger, police told the paper.
Portland Police Bureau did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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