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Posted: September 30, 2017

May Day arsonist in Portland sentenced to probation

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

By Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


A homeless woman with a lengthy criminal record was sentenced to three years probation Thursday for her role in the May Day demonstrations in Portland, OregonLive reported.

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Sarah Pugh, 36, pleaded guilty to second-degree arson and riot. Pugh was accused of setting one fire and holding a lit flare to a bonfire to help it grow during Portland's May Day riots. Pugh also allegedly urinated in the street and mooned police, OregonLive reported.

Pugh hails from Indiana, where she left her two children with family and traveled to multiple states, OregonLive reported. She was arrested on a variety of charges, ranging from assault to disorderly conduct, during her travels. Pugh's criminal record in Portland stems back to September 2016. Police in Portland have cited Pugh for public intoxication 10 times, and arrested her multiple times on a variety of charges, OregonLive reported.

Pugh allegedly told police that the May Day demonstrations were the first time she had been involved in an anarchist riot.

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