On Sunday, March 28, 2021, events were held by two separate groups intending to meet at the state capitol grounds. The Oregon State Police along with our partner agencies the Salem Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were actively monitoring the protests.
The first event billed as the Freedom Rally appeared on social media streams in February. A second event appeared soon after, named Fascist Free 503, indicating a counter response to the Freedom Rally. Social media posts connected to the group indicated their intention to prevent the Freedom Rally caravan from meeting at the state capitol.
The following individuals were arrested and lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility on charges related to criminal activity during today’s event:
- Andrew Alan Foy, age 34: Disorderly conduct in the second degree and criminal trespass in the second degree
- Nathan McFarland, age 33: Disorderly conduct in the second degree
- Anthony Villaneda, age 18: Unlawful pointing of a laser, five counts
- William Lloyd Isham, age 34: Interfering with Police Officer
These are open criminal cases and will continue to be investigated. Anyone with information related to these incidents or any other criminal acts which took place today, March 28, 2021, are encouraged to contact the Salem Police Department tips line at 503-588-8477.