PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man who was working at Pita Pit when he yelled racial slurs and threatened a customer has been sentenced to half a year in jail.
It was October 1, 2018, when a black woman was eating at the Pita Pit on the Portland State University campus. Court documents said Kelly Wade Roberts started calling her names and racial slurs and at one point, picked up a chair and held it over his head.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said the victim was afraid Roberts was going to attack her and she feared for her life.
“This was an incident that had an extraordinary, terrifying and lasting impact on the victim’s life. She was just eating her pita inside a restaurant when Mr. Roberts, an employee, blasted her with hate speech for no reason. His vitriol and aggression shocked the victim and she is still living with the emotional repercussions of this event,” Deputy DA Nicole Hermann said.
The victim attended Roberts’ change of plea hearing and said she supports it. She hopes he will reflect on his actions during his jail time and that he will get treatment.