Oregon man faces federal charges after twice smashing windows and destroying property at family planning clinic | USAO-OR

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EUGENE, Ore.—An Oregon man is facing federal charges after he twice smashed windows and destroyed property at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grants Pass, Ore. because the clinic provides reproductive health services.

Devin Friedrick Kruse, 26, a resident of Grants Pass, was charged with misdemeanor criminal information on two counts of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.

According to court documents, on November 23, 2021, Kruse intentionally broke security cameras and a window at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grants Pass. He returned three days later, on November 26, 2021, and threw a concrete block through a clinic window and demolished the clinic’s intercom system. The clinic has remained closed since these incidents.

Kruse will make his first appearance in federal court on March 14, 2022.

Violations of the FACE Act are punishable by up to one year in federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement.

This matter was investigated by the FBI with the assistance of the Grants Pass Police Department. He is being prosecuted by Gavin W. Bruce and John C. Brassell, Assistant United States Attorneys for the District of Oregon, and Cameron A. Bell, Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.

A criminal information is only an accusation of a crime, and an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

In 1994, Congress passed the FACE Act in response to an increase in violence against patients and providers of reproductive health services. The FACE Act prohibits violent, threatening, harmful, and obstructive behavior intended to harm, intimidate, or interfere with an individual’s right to seek, obtain, or provide reproductive health services.

If you or someone you know is in danger, please call 911.

Suspected violations of the FACE Act may be reported to the FBI by calling (503) 224-4181 or visiting tips.fbi.gov.

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