Isaiah Jason Maza, Jr., 18, was charged by federal authorities for allegedly throwing an explosive inside the Portland federal courthouse.
OregonLive reports an 18-year-old man is accused of tearing plywood off the front glass panes of the federal courthouse in downtown Portland and then lighting a fuse on an explosive before tossing it through the broken glass early on July 22, injuring a deputy U.S. marshal, according to federal prosecutors.
Isaiah Jason Maza Jr. made his first appearance Monday in the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on allegations of assault on a federal officer using a dangerous weapon and depredation of federal government property.
He’s the second 18-year-old since Friday who is accused of federal charges stemming from a firework or other explosive ignited at the courthouse during recent demonstrations.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Sussman described Maza as a “very dangerous man” who was caught on video lighting the fuse, dropping the hand-sized explosive device inside the lobby of the courthouse “and then watching with his cellphone for the explosion.”
“This is a very vicious, very violent crime,” Sussman said. “That conduct is exceedingly dangerous. He was out of control that night. There’s nothing to say he will continue to be out of control in the future.”
Maza was on pretrial release from a state first-degree criminal mischief charge at the time of the July 22 incident. Deputy marshals arrested him Thursday after spotting him near the courthouse, at Southwest Third Avenue near Main Street. He ran from officers and they chased him before arresting him, according to court records.