PORTLAND, Ore. – A man who threw a Molotov cocktail at a Portland police car as he rode past a precinct parking lot on a bicycle in 2012 was sentenced to 2 ½ years in federal prison Monday.
Sergey Yefimovich Turzhanskiy, 26, pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered destructive device.
Turzhanskiy was arrested after he threw the fire bomb at an empty police cruiser parked in the North Precinct parking lot on Nov. 5, 2012. Officers were coming into the precinct at the end of their shift when they heard a noise and a neighbor called out that someone was trying to firebomb one of the cars. Turzhanskiy was apprehended a few blocks away.
Turzhanskiy, a native of Ukraine, had lived in Portland for a short time when the crime occurred. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Turzhanskiy is an associate of anarchist groups.
Turzhanskiy will be on supervised release for three years after he serves his prison sentence. Judge Marco Hernandez ordered as a condition of supervised release that Turzhanskiy “shall have no communication or contact with anarchist groups or affiliates” in the future, the department said.
Turzhanskiy has already paid more than $1,300 in restitution to the City of Portland for damage to the police car.
“We are pleased with the sentence imposed by Judge Hernandez,” stated United States Attorney Amanda Marshall. “Violent attacks such as this one on law enforcement deserve substantial punishment as a deterrent to similar conduct by others.”