Portland Dispatch February 24: antifa goes to church

In a recent Pozztown Police Blotter item here I linked to a news item about what appeared to be a demon infestation of a Catholic Church

Officers were dispatched to a cathedral in the 1700 block of NW Davis Street just before 3:30 a.m. after receiving reports someone was breaking things and throwing objects through windows from inside the church. Upon their arrival, PPB officers discovered a man holding a box cutter or type razor blade, yelling at one of the resident church pastors.

The pastor was unable to calm the man down and eventually fled outside to police who had surrounded the building by then. A K9 unit helped officers with searching the church and eventually the suspect tried to escape out an exit and was quickly apprehended and arrested

Judging by the nature of the event and the booking photo, I took it to be the act of a homeless lunatic, of which we have many.

Today Andy Ngo’s Post Millennial reports the perpetrator has been involved in antifa violence before and that it was a Catholic Church–something local news station KOIN left out (describing the rector there as a “pastor”)–that may have drawn attention for a demonstration described as an “exorcism” of the city’s political violence.

A cathedral in Portland was broken into and vandalized on Ash Wednesday by an armed intruder known for previously attending local Black Lives Matter-Antifa protests.

On Feb. 17 around 3:30 a.m., Portland Police responded to an emergency call regarding a burglary in progress at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in northwest Portland. A suspect identified as Christopher Lee Colletta, 44, was arrested. He’s accused of vandalism and throwing property outside the historic church’s smashed stained glass windows…

The Post Millennial can report that Colletta previously attended a BLM-Antifa riot in August last year where he was hit with a rubber munition by police at one point.

According to the police report, Colletta wielded a “box cutter type” of blade in the rectory, where a clergyman tried to speak with him. The rector at St. Mary’s Cathedral told the Catholic Sentinel about his interaction with Colletta.

Monsignor Gerard O’Connor says he was awakened by the sound of screaming and was joined by two Portland-area clerics who had spent the night at the rectory after losing power at their parish homes due to the heavy snow storm. He tried to calm the suspect but failed. He met police outside the church.

The PM fills in a bit more left out of the local report

Monsignor Gerard O’Connor says he was awakened by the sound of screaming and was joined by two Portland-area clerics who had spent the night at the rectory after losing power at their parish homes due to the heavy snow storm. He tried to calm the suspect but failed. He met police outside the church.

“The Portland Police get a lot of criticism, but they were uber professional and kind,” he said.

A police K9 unit assisted officers with searching the church and finding Colletta. The suspect allegedly tried to escape through a back exit but was arrested by officers stationed outside.

Colletta was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of felony burglary, felony criminal mischief, interfering with an officer and resisting arrest. Colletta was released the following day on pretrial supervision.ADs

During the height of nightly riots by BLM-Antifa in Portland last year, Colletta took to Facebook to complain that he was hit in the ribs with a rubber munition by police on Aug. 22. That night, hundreds of Antifa rioted outside a police station in southeast Portland and assaulted police.

Colletta was also convicted of felony criminal mischief for an unrelated break-in incident last year. He was only given 18 months probation.

St. Mary’s Cathedral is the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Portland. The cathedral’s clergy performed the rite of exorcism for the city last year in response to months of riots.

That rite may have of course drawn antifa attention.

I’ve seen some evidence antifa is turning their attention to local churches. One of their number recently tweeted they should be forcing churches to open their doors during cold weather. Recently one of the more “progressive” churches in the area (and that’s pretty damn progressive) has boarded up:

Virtually every church in the downtown area–and we have some lovely old churches–are now thoroughly down with the progressive vision, adorned in rainbow flags or black lives matter propaganda.

Will it spare them in the end?

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