Officers Investigate Possible Bias Crime in Portland's Parkrose Neighborhood - No Injuries

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September 11, 2018 09:35

  

On Monday, September 10, 2018, at 7:51 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to Bill's Steak House and Lounge, located at 10227 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, on the report of a man trying to slash vehicle tires with a knife.

When officers arrived at the scene they contacted several people that were in the area at the time of the incident. The officers learned the suspect had left the location prior to their arrival. A police canine team responded to the scene and officers searched the neighborhood for the suspect. The suspect was not located during the search.

Based on information learned at this time, officers believe the suspect was not allowed to enter Bill's Steak House at which time he displayed a six inch long knife and attempted to slash several vehicle tires. While the suspect slashed at the vehicles' tires, he approached a black male and, while brandishing the knife, made racial slurs directed at the man.

There were no reported injuries during this incident.

The suspect was described as a white male in his 50's, with grey or greying hair, greying facial hair, 5'7" tall, 160 pounds, with bad teeth and in possession of a six inch long knife.

The Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Bias Crime Detail is continuing the investigation. Anyone with information about this incident or the suspect should contact Bias Crime Detail Detective Jeff Sharp at 503-823-9773 or Jeff.Sharp@portlandoregon.gov

The Bureau investigates all reports of bias-motivated crimes and encourages any member of our community who is the victim of such a crime to contact law enforcement. Under Oregon law, bias crimes are defined as any criminal act that targets a victim based on the suspect's perception of the victim's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Detectives work to determine whether or not bias elements are present during the reported crime that align with Oregon law as defined in the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS):

* ORS 166.165 - Intimidation in the First Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.165
* ORS 166.155 - Intimidation in the Second Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.155

If you have been the victim of a bias crime assault or you are witnessing one, immediately call 9-1-1. If you have been the victim of a different bias crime and the suspect is no longer present, such as vandalism or graffiti, please call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

To learn more about bias crime investigations and reported bias/hate crime statistics within the City of Portland, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/77066

Additionally, the City of Portland is a partner in Portland United Against Hate, which is a community initiated partnership of Community Based Organizations, Neighborhood Associations, concerned communities and the City. To learn more, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/72583

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