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Joseph Haddenham, 44, may have been racially motivated in allegedly attacking two men with scissors, Clackamas deputies say

PMG FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - The Clackamas Town Center Transit Center connects cars, TriMet buses and MAX trains for commuters and shoppers.Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies on Friday arrested a man on assault and bias-crime charges for allegedly stabbing two Micronesian men with scissors while intoxicated at the Clackamas Town Center public-transit platform.

Alleged assailant Joseph Haddenham, 44, who is white, reportedly made statements during an interview that led deputies to believe the Nov. 19 attack was racially motivated, per a press release from CCSO.

The victims of the alleged stabbing, 24 and 25, respectively, are both Pacific Islanders, a CCSO spokesperson told Pamplin Media Group.

Deputies arrived at the TriMet Green Line MAX platform on Sunnyside Road in an unincorporated area of Clackamas County at roughly 6:45 p.m. in response to reports that Haddenham was attempting to stab the two victims with a pair of scissors during a confrontation.

Authorities said multiple people were collectively trying to restrain Haddenham, who was intoxicated, as deputies arrived on the scene and found that both victims had cuts, which were examined at the scene by medical staff. Both victims reportedly declined further treatment.

Deputies reported later interviewing Haddenham and being convinced by his responses that "his actions may have been motivated by his perception of the victims' race," according to the press release.

"The suspect stated to me the situation was about race, telling me something about a Black person," the deputy who responded to the incident said. However, court documents said that Haddenham refused to answer any follow-up questions.

Haddenham was reportedly treated at a local hospital for injuries sustained during the alleged altercation before being booked into Clackamas County Jail on two counts each of first-degree bias crime, second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and criminal mischief.

A $75,000 bail was set for Haddenham, who authorities said had no fixed address. Haddenham was in court Monday afternoon and charged with menacing and unlawful use of a weapon.

Law enforcement also recommended two charges for bias crime but in court on Monday, prosecutors said both victims have a difficulty with English and they are investigating those more serious charges.

Haddenham is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 29 on three charges related to an incident during which he reportedly propelled saliva at an officer in Multnomah County in early June. Haddenham was arrested on one count each of aggravated harassment, third-degree escape and interfering with an officer during the June 2 incident.

KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.

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