Man out of jail after alleged hate crime on streetcar
A man arrested for allegedly yelling "racial slurs" at an African American woman is back out of jail on the same day the alleged incident occurred.
Central Precinct officers say they were "proactively" patrolling downtown around 10:02 a.m. on Monday, March 4 when they heard the sounds of a "disturbance" near Southwest 10th Avenue and Jefferson Street.
"They responded and encountered a woman walking away from a Portland Streetcar while a man ran after her yelling racial slurs," according to a news release. "The victim is African American."
Police say they separated the two people involved and interviewed them, learning that the fray started inside the Portland Streetcar.
Ian Edward Schmidt, 39, was arrested on charges of menacing and second-degree intimidation, which is defined as a "bias crime" under Oregon law.
Schmidt was booked and released from the downtown jail. He told jailers he is unemployed and lives in a downtown public housing tower.
Anyone with video of this incident is asked to call 503-823-3333 and reference case number 19-70369.
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