Proud Boy Tusitala “Tiny” Toese arrested in Clark County

By Conrad Wilson (OPB)
Aug. 29, 2020 4:45 p.m.
Tusitala "Tiny" Toese speaks at dueling demonstrations gather in downtown Portland, Ore., Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. Groups like Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer showed up downtown to oppose monthslong demonstrations against systemic racism and police brutality.

Tusitala "Tiny" Toese speaks at a demonstration in downtown Portland, Ore., Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020.

Jonathan Levinson / OPB

Police in Southwest Washington arrested a member of the Proud Boys who had an outstanding warrant and participated in last weekend’s brawl in downtown Portland between groups protesting in support of police and the Trump administration — including the Proud Boys — and counter protesters aligned with Antifa and Black Lives Matter movements.


Tusitala “Tiny” Toese was booked into the Clark County Jail in Vancouver, Washington, late Friday, jail records show.

This week, a Multnomah County judge issued a new warrant for Toese, a member of the self-described “western chauvinist” group Proud Boys, which has engaged in violence at protests.


The warrant updates a previous warrant to allow Toese, who lives in Washington, to be extradited to Oregon following any arrest.

The arrest comes ahead of a Pro-Trump rally slated for Saturday in Portland.

Toese was wanted for violating the terms of his probation on multiple occasions this summer.

Court records show Toese was documented in Seattle where he was seen on video shoving a man outside the former Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. Other records show him staying at different homes nightly also in violation of probation.

Last weekend, Toese attended a violent protest in downtown Portland. Despite being clearly visible and having a previous warrant, Portland Police did not arrest him — even as Toese walked by police. Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell indicated it wasn’t safe for officers to make an arrest at the time.

Toese is on probation stemming from a 2018 misdemeanor assault conviction that left the victim with stitches and a concussion.

A court hearing for Toese has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday.