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May 26, 2019

Proud Boy arrested for Portland assault, another indicted in June attack

March 14, 2019
Donovon Flippo was charged with felony third-degree assault and misdemeanor fourth-degree assault. (Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office)

A member of the far-right group Proud Boys was arrested in Portland Tuesday after he and another man allegedly attacked a man in June.

Donovon Flippo, 23, was charged with felony third-degree assault and misdemeanor fourth-degree assault, according to online jail records.

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He and another Proud Boy, a 295-pound man named Tusitala John (Tiny) Toese, allegedly attacked Timothy Ledwith on June 8 in Portland, punching the man and knocking him to the ground, according to the Oregonian.

Flippo and Toese were secretly indicted on Feb. 28, but the indictments were not unsealed until Flippo was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center Tuesday.

A day earlier, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler had publicly criticized prosecutors and police for not taking more forceful action against protesters.

“In what city is it legal to engage in a street brawl?” he asked during a press conference Monday. “C’mon folks, we’re overcomplicating this. You’re not allowed to fight on the streets of the city.”

Flippo was released on bail Tuesday night.

Toese posted on Facebook earlier this month that he is still at home in Samoa but “will be back to stand court in Portland,” according to the Oregonian.

Lindsay Schubiner, program director at the anti-white nationalism organization Western States Center, told the Daily News that the center had encouraged Ledwith to file a police report.

“Today’s development is an overdue but highly encouraging indication that local law enforcement is taking Proud Boy violence seriously,” she said in a statement. It should be the first in a series of steps to counter violence and intimidation by racist and sexist organizations active in our region.”

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