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.
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.