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Teen faces federal charge over police union building fire

Alma Yessenia Raven-Guido made her first appearance in U.S. District Court in Portland Thursday.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A 19-year-old woman accused of setting the Portland police union building on fire now faces a federal arson charge. 

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Alma Yessenia Raven-Guido made her first appearance on the one-count indictment in U.S. District Court in Portland Thursday.

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Assistant Federal Public Defender Francesca Freccero entered a not guilty plea to the charge for Raven-Guido. FBI agents arrested her at her Beaverton home Wednesday. 

The arson charge alleges Raven-Guido maliciously damaged or attempted to damage the Portland Police Association office, described in the indictment as a building “used in interstate commerce and in activity affecting interstate commerce.” Prosecutors say the federal charge is based on an interpretation that unions affect interstate commerce.