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The original item was published from 6/30/2021 11:44:48 AM to 7/8/2021 12:00:04 AM.



Posted on: June 30, 2021

[ARCHIVED] 35th Suspect Arrested in May 2020 Riot

EPD Patrol SUV Side Rear View


35th Suspect Arrested for 

Role in May 29/30 Riot Case


Eugene Police detectives are continuing to work the May 29/30 riot case and make arrests. 


On June 29 at 5:38 p.m., a Patrol officer spotted Feron Skye Vazquez Smith, age 22, on the corner of W. 8th Avenue and Monroe Street and knew there was an attempt to locate for his involvement in the May 29 riot. Once she had stopped him, she  discovered he also had a warrant and took him into custody. He was carrying a restricted weapon (knife), and so was also lodged at Lane County Jail on probable cause charges for his being a of Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon and Carry a Concealed Weapon. For his role in the Riot, he was also lodged on two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, two counts of Theft in the First Degree, and two counts of Riot. 


This is the 35th arrest 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. 

Photo of Feron Skye VazquezSmith



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.

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