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Raymond A. Buffalo Keys arrested for bias crime after repeatedly punching a Black woman, authorities say

COURTESY PHOTO: GOOGLE MAPS - The corner of 82nd Drive and Luther Road is just north of the Johnson Creek Fred Meyer and south of Cartlandia.A man was arrested and charged with a bias crime on Sunday, Oct. 3, after punching a Black woman repeatedly in the face and head, telling deputies afterward that the woman's race motivated his assault, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said a CCSO patrol deputy happened upon the assault at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon while parked near the corner of 82nd Drive and Luther Road, just north of the Johnson Creek Fred Meyer and south of the Cartlandia food carts.

From inside a parked police vehicle, the deputy spotted a woman in the middle of a nearby road in danger of being struck by traffic. After a quick scan of the woman's surroundings, the deputy realized she risked being struck by southbound traffic in her attempts to evade an attacker, authorities said.

A man authorities later identified as Raymond A. Buffalo Keys, 27, was reportedly punching the woman's face and head area over and over before the deputy was able to end the assault.

Authorities said Buffalo Keys told the deputy he had never previously met the woman, explaining that he assaulted her solely "because of her race." The woman, 21, is Black, authorities said.

Buffalo Keys was promptly arrested and taken to Clackamas County Jail on five charges including biased assault, assault, biased disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment and interfering with public transportation.

The woman, who reportedly refused medical attention at the crime scene, was given a Bias Crime and Incidents card as well as a Crime Victim's Rights card.

Buffalo Keys had multiple warrants for misdemeanors including thefts, failure to appear in court and felony unauthorized use of a vehicle charges in Hood River County.

Authorities are asking anyone with additional information on Sunday afternoon's assault or Buffalo Keys to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line by dialing 503-723-4949 or by accessing the online email form at Reference CCSO Case # 21-021312.

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