We Didn't Say They Were Bright: See How Feds ID And Arrest Riot-Arsonist [Video]
This is poetic justice at its finest. One of those rare times where you get a real-time look at some instant karma. The Justice Department announced that an arrest had been made for the arson case at the Portland Oregan Justice center. U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced Thursday that 32-year-old Thomas Schinzing was charged by criminal complaint for using fire to maliciously damage or destroy the downtown Justice Center. The beauty in this story is that Mr. Schinzing was positively identified by the tattoo on his back of his own last name.
Multnomah County and the City of Portland own the Justice Center building located at 1120 SW 3rd Avenue in Portland. The facility houses the Multnomah County Detention Center jail and the Portland Police Bureau headquarters.
According to court documents, Schinzing was with a group of rioters when he arrived at the Justice Center sometime before 11:00 p.m. on the 29th of May. Several people were seen smashing the windows where the Corrections Records Office is located. They then used the smashed windows to enter the building and began destroying government property immediately.
Three civilian Multnomah County employees were working inside the Corrections Records Office at the time and fled for safety as the windows were broken. Based on a preliminary review of publicly-available videos from YouTube, Twitter, surveillance cameras, and still photos posted online, about 30 individuals entered the Justice Center through the broken windows. The individuals spray-painted portions of the office; damaged computer and other office equipment, furniture, and interior windows; and started fires, the report explained.
Among those who entered the Justice Center, Schinzing was identified by a comparison with a jail booking photo and a distinctive tattoo of his last name across his upper back. Schinzing spread a fire that started near the front of the office by lighting additional papers on fire and moving them into a drawer of a separate cubicle, the Justice Department noted.
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Thankfully, the building's sprinkler system activated and extinguished the fires. Court documents note that sprinklers were activated around 11:08 p.m which is about the same time officers were able to secure that area. Documents show that the Detention center had 289 inmates inside at the time.
If found guilty, Schinzing could face 20 years in prison for arson, with a mandatory minimum of 5 years.
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Schinzing's need to have his last name tattooed to his back should be more than enough evidence for courts to come to a swift and just decision in this case. I, personally, couldn't help but laugh at the sheer irony of this story.