Riot suspect indicted after police complete investigative follow-up

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced the reinstatement of a criminal case against 29-year-old Malia Lynne Trammell who is accused of using a device to puncture a tire on a Portland Police Bureau vehicle.

Trammell is charged with one count of riot, one count of criminal mischief in the second degree, one count of escape in the third degree, one count of interfering with a peace officer, and one count of identity theft.

On August 6, 2020, the Portland Police Bureau deployed a “sound truck” in the area of the 4700 block of East Burnside Street. The sound truck allows officers inside the vehicle to provide external and amplified verbal orders. A person, later identified as Trammell, allegedly used a device to puncture one of the vehicle’s tires.

On August 7, 2020, law enforcement submitted the case to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution consideration. At that time, the district attorney’s office requested specific investigative follow up from Portland Police.

Because no charging document was filed with the court on August 7, due to the pending investigation, the criminal case was closed.

Members of the Portland Police Bureau’s Detective Division completed their supplementary investigation and re-submitted the case to the district attorney’s office.

Law enforcement contacted Trammell after the grand jury returned its indictment on January 8, 2021. Upon filing of the indictment, the criminal case was reinstated.

Trammell’s arraignment was held January 20, 2021.

No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at this time.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Trammell is innocent unless and until proven guilty.