Man accused of looting, smashing windshield in May riot

The man is accused of joining rioters surrounding a resident's vehicle and jumping on the car and breaking the windshield.

Posted: Jan 25, 2021 10:53 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – Police have arrested another person accused of committing crimes the night of the May 2020 riot.

Arei Johnson, 25, was arrested on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. near West 8th Avenue after police responded to a report of a dispute.

Police say Johnson was charged with three counts of riot, second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, two counts of second-degree disorderly conduct, interfering with police and menacing.

The charges reportedly stem from the night of May 29, 2020. At about 9:30 p.m., two police vehicles headed westbound on the Interstate 105 offramp to West 7th Avenue to protect protesters who had marched into oncoming freeway traffic. Police say between 50 and 100 rioters were in the area, and they reportedly advanced on officers, who retreated back to their vehicles.

Johnson is accused of having walked in front of an officer’s vehicle, refusing to leave. Another rioter reportedly swung a large board into the officer’s front windshield, breaking the glass, police say.

Police say Johnson was later seen unlawfully entering a business through windows that had been broken by other looters. He allegedly took merchandise and threw it onto the sidewalk in front of the store.

That night, Johnson also allegedly stood in front of a resident’s vehicle in the area, along with other rioters. Police say they yelled at the driver and hit, kicked, and threw objects at the vehicle. Johnson is accused of jumping on the vehicle’s hood and walking up to the roof, stomping on the windshield and breaking glass before jumping off.

So far, 23 people have been arrested in connection with the riot investigation, which is ongoing. Additional arrests are anticipated. If you have any information, call the TIP line at 541-262-5388.

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