Oregon Man Charged With Hate Crime For Alleged Attack On Sikh Store Owner

Source: Huffington Post

An Oregon man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking a Sikh convenience store owner and attempting to steal his turban.

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This undated photo released by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department shows Andrew Ramsey. Ramsey has been charged with a hate crime, assault and other charges after he allegedly attacked a Sikh who was working at a convenience store. Other customers, including a military veteran, stepped in after they witnessed the attack on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (Marion County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Police say Andrew Ramsey, 24, assaulted Harwinder Dodd in a bias-related incident in Salem on Monday evening. Ramsey entered a plea of not guilty to related charges at a hearing on Thursday, according to court records.

A witness, Justin Brecht, told Fox 12 Oregon he saw the attacker become agitated after having a disagreement with Dodd in 12th Street Market. Brecht said Ramsey pulled at Dodd’s beard and dragged the store owner to the ground while punching and kicking him.

Brecht, a legislative policy adviser and former combat Marine, said he and several other bystanders intervened and held down the attacker until authorities arrived.

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