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REVEALED: BLM protester arrested for recklessly driving his spray-painted van in DC was also at Portland and Kenosha riots - as police say they're investigating if groups are being 'funded' to travel to hot-spots

A BLM protester who was arrested in Washington DC on Saturday night has also been at riots in Portland and Kenosha, police said on Monday, as they revealed they were looking into whether groups were being funded to travel to protest hot-spots. 
Jeremy Vajko, 27, a Microsoft engineer, was arrested on Saturday night during violent clashes between police and protesters in the nation's capital. 
The Metropolitan Police Department incident report into his arrest claims he was driving recklessly near the Hay Adams hotel and drove 'into a crowd of over one hundred individuals'. 
He spent the night in jail and was released on Sunday. Prosecutors are not pursuing the case. 
On Monday, police chief Peter Newsham referred to the van and said it had also been spotted in Portland and Kenosha. 
Jeremy Vajko has been arrested at least three times in protests in Portland and Washington DC since May. He is shown in mughots from Portland in June and July (above)
Jeremy Vajko has been arrested at least three times in protests in Portland and Washington DC since May. He is shown in mughots from Portland in June and July (above)
Jeremy Vajko has been arrested at least three times in protests in Portland and Washington DC since May. He is shown in mughots from Portland in June and July (above)
On Saturday night in Washington DC, Vajko was arrested in his 'snack van'. Police said he drove it into a crowd of 100 people- which he denies. Charges against him were dropped by prosecutors
On Saturday night in Washington DC, Vajko was arrested in his 'snack van'. Police said he drove it into a crowd of 100 people- which he denies. Charges against him were dropped by prosecutors 
He did not mention Vajko by name, but he and Mayor Muriel Bowsers both said the city was investigating whether or not funded groups traveled to the city to create havoc over the weekend. 
'There was a reckless driving arrest that received a lot of attention.

'There was a van that was driving recklessly, potentially could have hit pedestrians and officers in the area. The driver was taken into custody.
'That vehicle was van, it was registered on the west coast in Washington state. We have intelligence to suggest that van was also at some of the violence we saw in Portland, Oregon and some of the violent activity we saw in Kenosha...
'One of the things that we're certainly going to do it if it is an organized, funded attempt to create violence in our city, we're going to do everything we can to get to the bottom of it,' he said.   
Vajko has done multiple interviews since the riots began. He insists he is peaceful and is being unfairly targeted by police
Vajko has done multiple interviews since the riots began. He insists he is peaceful and is being unfairly targeted by police 
'I think there's a potential that it could be the case... it could be domestic terrorism,' he said, talking more generally about the protests and unrest.  
Mayor Bowser said that there was evidence that many had come from other cities and states.
'We've had experience all summer with protest and we're seeing a shift with who's involved and the type of tactics being used.
'I don't think anything that we have found can connect any outside protester to a single group or funded or organization. Though I don't think it would be a big leap to say that the type of organization and resources that they're bringing to bear are organized and funded. I don't think that would be a big leap.
'Our intelligence, I know the chief will tap into our federal resources as well, to find out any intelligence we can,' she said. 
Vajko is from Seattle and, according to his LinkedIn page, works for Microsoft. On Twitter, he says he worked 'in tech'. Microsoft has not commented on whether or not he still works for them. 
After being released from custody, he said he had just been handing out water. 
'I was out there at the protest. I was handing out water, snacks, food and medical supplies. I had an EMT in my car... we were actively helping people and making s**t out there safe.  
'As they were walking towards me, I tried to move out of the way. At which point, an officer violently smashed my window and grabbed me out of my vehicle and forced me onto the ground.   
'They tried charging me with reckless driving however the District of Columbia asked them to release me and cancel the bond.
On Tuesday, after being released from custody without charge, Vajko complained online that police had 'ransacked' his vehicle
On Tuesday, after being released from custody without charge, Vajko complained online that police had 'ransacked' his vehicle 
Videos show his van in the middle of the riot in DC on Saturday night. He claims he had a medic there to give out aid to anyone who was hurt
Videos show his van in the middle of the riot in DC on Saturday night. He claims he had a medic there to give out aid to anyone who was hurt 
'I ended up for two days in jail in bad conditions, freezing conditions. They refused to give me a toothbrush... as it stands, I did not do anything criminal or wrong,' he said. 
In June, Vajko was arrested in Portland for interfering with a police officer. 
He was let go without bond. In July, he was arrested again in Portland on the same charge and with an additional charge of disorderly conduct. He was let go again. 
DC Police Chief Peter Newsham on Monday said 'outside agitators' had caused most of the violence from the weekend's protests
DC Police Chief Peter Newsham on Monday said 'outside agitators' had caused most of the violence from the weekend's protests
In Kenosha, he claims he was stopped by police and had the van searched. It is unclear if he was arrested. 
A Kenosha Police Department press release on August 27 refers to a group of vehicles that were stopped in a parking lot for acting suspiciously. The release did not give any of the group's names, but said they had helmets, protective vests and illegal fireworks in their vehicles.  
Vajko claimed on social media at the time that he was pulled over for having an out-of-state plate. He said he was threatened by six cops, including one who had an 'AR'. 
He insists that he is peaceful and has been acting alone since the start of the unrest in May. 
He started in the autonomous zone in Seattle - that was known as CHAZ or CHOP - then started traveling around the country in his van to give out snacks because he 'noticed there were problems with nutrition'. 
Videos he has posted online show right-wing group Proud Boys smashing the windows of his van in Portland. 
He also claims he has been followed by under cover police units. 
Right-wing commentators online call him a 'professional agitator' - a label he resists. 
He did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's inquiries on Tuesday but has said on Twitter that he is acting alone and is not part of any larger group or organization. 
After being released from custody on Monday, he was filmed by  

2 comments:

  1. Arrest those who are funding the riots?

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  2. Yeah right I beet he video his friends smashing the windows to blame on another group.

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