Eugene Police detectives are continuing to work the May 29/30 riot case and make arrests. This morning, May 5, 2021, Springfield Police responded to a dispute near Mohawk and Centennial and contacted Malyiah Kay Linn Laferty, age 18, of Eugene, and Bradlee Evan Black, age 24 of Eugene. Eugene Police Special Investigations had ‘attempts to locate’ in the system for each of them regarding crimes they committed during the May 29, 2020 riot. They were arrested by Springfield Police for the ATLs. They were lodged by Eugene Police at the Lane County Jail for the below charges:
Malyiah Kay Linn Laferty: Four counts of Riot, Unlawful Manufacture of Destructive Device, Unlawful Possession of a Destructive Device, Two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, Theft in the First Degree, Attempted Theft in the First Degree, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, and Interfering with Police.
Bradlee Evan Black: Three counts of Riot, Unlawful Manufacture of Destructive Device, Unlawful Possession of a Destructive Device, Burglary in the Second Degree, Theft in the First Degree, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, and Interfering with Police
These are the 32nd and 33rd arrests in the case and investigators report there are more arrests pending.
This investigation is ongoing and EPD’s Special Investigations Unit has been able to identify a significant number of other suspects and is actively working to locate them for contact. SIU also is continuing to review large amounts of evidence and is investigating the suspects whose identities are not yet known.
Additional arrests are anticipated. Investigators are asking for the public’s help to identify suspects, provide any information regarding other rioters involved in this incident as well as photos or videos of the incident that attendees may have taken and are willing to provide. The attached PDF contains suspect images. The TIP line is 541-262-5388.
On the night of Friday, May 29, and into the morning of Saturday, May 30, a peaceful protest in downtown Eugene devolved into a riot. While not everyone who participated in the original peaceful protest participated in the riot, several hundred individuals participated in widespread damage to property, burglary, robbery, assault, arson and other violent crimes. This was predominately centered around the intersection of 7th Avenue and Washington Street where the businesses sustained extensive damage and loss.
Since that time, members of the Special Investigations Unit have been conducting an investigation into these incidents with the goal to identify those who engaged in the crimes and arrest those individuals for the crimes committed. This continues to be a lengthy investigation, which requires reviewing hundreds of hours of surveillance video along with available social media posts. Ultimately, detectives have been able to identify and arrests suspects.