PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man is facing multiple charges after allegedly attacking three Latino men leaving a nightclub in Old Town/Chinatown on Saturday.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said Robert Oden, 58, was sitting in an alcove near CC Slaughters when the victims walked by around 2 a.m.
Oden allegedly yelled homophobic and racial slurs at the men and started punching them in the face. As they tried to get away, Oden told them to “go back to your country,” according to the DA’s office.
One of the victims was left with a bloody, swollen lip and pain from the attack.
Oden was charged with first-degree bias crime, fourth-degree felony assault, harassment and second-degree bias crime.
The DA’s office said Oden is the first person charged under a new Oregon bias crime law. The new law states that injuring someone based on their race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or nationality is a felony. The previous law required two or more offenders to be involved for the crime to be a felony.