UPDATED 3:05 PM PT – Saturday, December 12, 2020
The owner of Portland’s ‘Red House on Mississippi’ spoke out as protests surrounding the property became increasingly violent.
In a statement on Tuesday, 33-year-old Roman Ozeruga said he would be willing to sell the property back to the Kinney’s at cost.
He bought it at a foreclosure sale in 2018 for roughly $200,000, but recent attempts to evict the Kinney’s, a black and indigenous family, sparked four consecutive days of unrest.
— Multnomah County DA’s Office (@MultCoDA) December 11, 2020
Sources said the protesters have started stockpiling weapons, which caused local police to step in. Portland Police said they will enforce the law and use force, if necessary, to restore order to the neighborhood.
I wanted to say a few words to each of you about activity along North Mississippi. pic.twitter.com/Icq4mpzTAL
— Chief Chuck Lovell (@ChiefCLovell) December 9, 2020
In the meantime, Ozeruga reiterated that he is a small-town developer and is not looking to cause any harm. He told reporters he is open to listening to ways to prevent violence that would benefit both the neighborhood and community.