He introduced himself as Mr. Fuck You Cocksucker, but his real name is Ronald Patrick Stavas, a 45-year-old member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in Washington.
Last week, Stavas confronted a news crew who had popped up at the union hall to get their side of a story of an ongoing conflict in which more than 400 union members stormed a grain terminal the prior day, vandalizing, terrorizing and further polarizing their efforts to win the public’s support.
But because of his profane and threatening attitude towards the KGW reporters, the video went viral.
And someone recognized him as one of the union members who had stormed the terminal grain.
According to The Daily News of Longview, Washington:
Ronald Patrick Stavas, 45, of Kelso was arrested Monday night on suspicion of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, intimidating a witness and sabotage, according to the sheriff’s office. His bail was set at $50,000.
Stavas was identified as one of the hundreds of people who stormed the EGT terminal about 4:30 a.m. Sept. 8 and damaged a security shack, assaulted guards and spilled corn product from a mile-long train parked inside the terminal, according to the sheriff’s office.
“The things that make this unusual, of course, is the large number of people, and the extent of the criminal activity. I want to emphasize that this not anti-union, pro-EGT. This is not about an entity. This about people that are committing criminal acts,” Nelson said.
Stavas was identified by a witness at the terminal who later saw a video of him confronting a television news crew outside the longshore union hall on 14th Avenue in Longview, according to Nelson. In the video, which has gone viral online, a man is seen swearing profusely and threatening a Portland news crew in the parking lot of the union hall.