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Tusitala ‘Tiny’ Toese arrested on probation violation

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PORTLAND — Tusitala “Tiny” Toese of Vancouver, a member of the far right-wing group the Proud Boys who has also been associated with Patriot Prayer, has been jailed in Portland for violating his parole, a TV station reported Thursday.

Court records show Toese was spotted in Seattle earlier this month in an area that’s been taken over by protesters that’s called the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, according to KOIN-TV.

Toese was involved in an assault in the area and didn’t get permission from his probation officers to travel to Seattle, the station reported.

He gained attention in the past for fighting in Portland during political protests and fled the Pacific Northwest after being indicted on felony assault charges.

In January, Toese pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from a 2018 incident that left a protester with “stitches and a concussion.” Prosecutors dismissed a felony assault charge as part of Toese’s plea deal.

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