Convicted Portland arsonist now accused of hate crime in Oregon

This inked-up Oregonian is apparently not thrilled about her close-up.

Sarah Pugh is all scowls after she was arrested there Monday after being accused of shoving and shouting racial slurs at another person, a Portland police spokeswoman told The Oregonian.

The spokeswoman did not give additional details about the alleged altercation, but Pugh, 38, was later taken into custody on charges of harassment and second-degree intimidation, a felony hate crime in Oregon, according to the newspaper.

Pugh also allegedly violated the three-year probation sentence she received in September 2017 for setting two fires and her role in a riot during Portland’s 2017 May Day demonstrations.

Pugh arrived in Portland in 2016 after leaving her two children with relatives in her native Indiana. She previously had been arrested on assault, disorderly conduct and drug charges in Arizona, California and Tennessee, court and police records show.

Pugh then started living on the streets of Portland, where she’s been cited for public intoxication 12 times in three years. She also has arrests for suspicion of assault, disorderly conduct, interfering with a peace officer and criminal mischief, court records show.

Pugh told cops she decided to join Portland’s May Day demonstrations in 2017 after spotting droves of protesters assembling on city streets. Police said she set a pile of newspapers on fire and was later captured on video with a burning flare next to a second blaze.

Pugh then mooned police after the fires were put out and urinated on the street, court records show.

“It was my first time at an anarchist riot,” Pugh later admitted to police.

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