Man charged in racially fueled neighbor dispute


Sead Selimovich is accused of threatening to kill his neighbor and breaking her windows

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Gresham man now faces multiple bias crime charges after he was accused of yelling racial slurs at a neighbor, harassing her and breaking her windows.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office announced an 8-count indictment against 31-year-old Sead Seth Selimovich on Friday.

The charges stem from a 2018 incident when a city official went to talk to the Gresham neighbors about a dispute involving a fence. A few days later, Pamela Welsh, who is black, reported that her neighbor Selimovich “drove on the sidewalk and came at her, but barely missed.” She said he called her a “snitch” and the n-word before driving away.

A residence on Southwest 4th Street in Gresham, Sept. 27, 2019. (KOIN)

Police said the threats escalated. Court documents show that Welsh reported a rock and a pool ball were thrown through the window of her home.

In August of this year, Selimovich was accused of yelling racial slurs at Welsh while she walked outside of her home with a neighbor’s child who walks her dog. She said he shouted, “get back in your cage” and “you’re going to die.”

A few days later, her living room window was broken by a rock and a window in her car smashed. A broken golf club was inside. The next night more car windows were shattered.

Welsh’s property damages from the most recent incident amount to approximately $1,800, according to police estimates.

Welsh’s husband declined to comment on the case today. KOIN 6 News also tried to talk to Selimovich about the allegations, but nobody answered at the door of his residence.

In the 8-count indictment, Selimovich is charged with 4 counts of bias crime and 4 counts of criminal mischief.

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