Capitol Protest Suspect Arrested

Posted on January 22, 2021

Salem Police Dept. – 01/21/21 5:00 PM

Salem, Ore. — Richard Braatz, age 65 of Eugene, was arrested today, January 21, 2021 for his role in the attack on officers during a protest at the Oregon State Capitol on December 21, 2020.

Braatz was arrested in downtown Salem while he was participating in a protest near the Marion County District Attorney’s Office. He was initially identified with the help of the public through the Salem Police Department Can You ID Me? page.

“Our preparation for this week afforded us the opportunity to make this arrest. Officers were committed to the goals set for protest response which include follow up investigation of criminal behavior and proper enforcement action when reasonable and appropriate,” said Police Chief Trevor Womack.

Braatz is lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility with the following charges: Attempted assault in the second degree and riot.

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