Four arrested after violent rally in Salem

There is a fifth suspect OSP is still looking for.

Posted: Dec 22, 2020 7:13 AM
Updated: Dec 22, 2020 9:38 AM

SALEM, Ore.-- Oregon State Police said four people were arrested Monday who they say took part in a violent rally at the state Capitol.

Authorities are still looking for a fifth suspect. 

Protesters gained access to the Capitol at about 8:30 a.m. amid the third special session of 2020, which sought to address COVID-19 and wildfire relief, Oregon State Police said. The protest was organized by far-right group Patriot Prayer in opposition to statewide COVID-19 mandates.

OSP declared it an unlawful assembly and told protesters to leave the area or they would be arrested, KGW reports.

Troopers arrested Ryan Lyles, 41, for felon possession of body armor and unlawful use of mace. Ryan Vanvlack, 75, and Jerry Dyerson, 53, were arrested and charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. Jeremiah Pruitt, 35, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Jeremy Roberts, 40, is not yet in custody and OSP is still looking for him. They said he tried to breach through the west door of the Capitol building and assaulted two reporters covering the rally. 

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