During a political rally held on August 18, 2018 in downtown Seattle, Washington at the Seattle City Hall courtyard, across the street were counter protesters associated with various political groups, including the Marxist Communist "Freedom Socialist Party", and members of the infamous Antifa "Black Bloc". Antifa, and its "Black Bloc" sub-group, are infamous for wearing masks and disguises at political protests and counter protests. One apparent member of the Antifa Black Bloc, named Sam Wheeler AKA Samuel Wheeler-Martenis, was present counter protesting at the rally on August 18, 2018. Wheeler was arrested for assaulting and battering a Studio 2.8 photojournalist, but not before the photograph above of Wheeler-Martenis was captured for posterity.
While Sam Wheeler-Martenis, and his similarly masked Black Bloc cohorts, menaced down the sidewalk, and then assaulted a Studio 2.8 photographer on the Seattle 4th Avenue sidewalk, members of the Seattle Police Department observed the entire incident from their perspective within the street. After Wheeler AKA Wheeler-Martenis twice committed assault and battery; on their own accord; several Seattle Police Department officers arrested and handcuffed Wheeler-Martenis. The Seattle Police later jailed Wheeler-Martenis on a criminal assault charge. After members of the Seattle Police Department arrested Wheeler-Martenis, the police officers removed the mask that Wheeler is pictured wearing in the Studio 2.8 photograph above. Arresting members of the Seattle Police Department then also discovered and confiscated a concealed, loaded, small frame, Glock handgun from inside Wheeler's clothing (see video evidence below). After the Seattle Police arrested Sam Wheeler AKA Samuel Wheeler-Martenis, the police transported Wheeler-Martenis to the King County Jail in Seattle where Wheeler was booked for assault and held on $1,000.00 bail. Whether or not Sam Wheeler possesses a WA concealed pistol license, and whether or not Wheeler-Martenis was legally able to possess and carry a concealed handgun on August 18, 2018, has not been revealed by the Seattle Police. The Seattle Police Department has also not disclosed whether or not Sam Wheeler is a person prohibited from owning firearms under federal and/or state firearm statutes.
The video below, created, published, and presented on youtube by CSC Media, shows Sam Wheeler-Martenis in the act of twice committing assault and battery of a Studio 2.8 photojournalist, in concert with other members of the infamous Antifa Black Bloc domestic terror group. The video embedded below also shows the Seattle Police arresting and unmasking Sam Wheeler, as well as, removing the Glock handgun Wheeler had concealed under his clothing.
Surely reasonable people must wonder, what leads someone like Sam Wheeler-Martenis to become part of a masked and disguised Marxist/Communist/Socialist/Anarchist domestic terror group such as the Antifa Black Bloc. What do members of the Antifa Black Bloc terror group do by day, when they are not committing criminal mayhem at political protests? In the case of Sam Wheeler AKA Samuel Wheeler-Martenis the answers to such questions aren't entirely clear.
Wheeler-Martenis apparently grew up in Vermont. Wheeler-Martenis (aka Wheeler) is the son of a late Vermont physician named Thomas Martenis, MD. Sam Wheeler-Martenis later attended various east coast U.S. colleges. Then Wheeler-Martenis embarked on a not too successful career as professional bicycle racer. It also isn't entirely clear why Wheeler-Martenis began using the last name Wheeler, having discarded his father's family name of Martenis. Upon moving to Seattle, according to public records, Wheeler-Martenis has worked as a bicycle fitter by day for various Seattle area bicycle shops. It seems ironic that an avowed Black-Bloc "Anarchist" and "anti-capitalist" Marxist would also possess a Washington State sole proprietorship business license, while at the same time protesting on the weekend against "capitalism" and so on. Whether informative or not, these are the daily life personal attributes and characteristics of this particular member of the infamous domestic terror group known as the Antifa "Black Bloc".