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Battle Ground man accused of displaying replica gun at demonstrators

Police: Incident occurred near peaceful Portland demonstration

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor

A Battle Ground man was arrested Monday afternoon on suspicion of disorderly conduct after police said he displayed a replica firearm from a vehicle as it drove by peaceful demonstrators in downtown Portland.

The incident was reported shortly before 12:28 p.m. when a person flagged down police at the Terry Schrunk Plaza. The person said that the pickup’s passenger showed a handgun as the truck passed by, according to a news release from the Portland Police Bureau.

Demonstrators had gathered in the park to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, which aims to block immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

After further investigation, police detained the driver and passenger of the truck and determined that the gun displayed was a replica firearm. Police said that they also found an unloaded AR-15 style rifle in the vehicle that belonged to the truck’s driver, but said there was no evidence that the rifle was displayed to demonstrators.

Police released the truck’s driver without any charges but arrested the passenger, 20-year-old Sergey E. Antonov of Battle Ground, on suspicion of second-degree disorderly conduct, the news release said. He was taken to the Multnomah County Jail.

Columbian Assistant Metro Editor