Police: Hillsboro man yelled racial slurs at Black woman
A Hillsboro man has been arrested nearly two months after an alleged road rage incident in which police say he repeatedly yelled racial slurs at an elderly Black woman and her son.
Police arrested John Blackmore, 64, on Tuesday, July 28. Blackmore, who is white, has been lodged at the Washington County Jail on two counts of second-degree bias crime and two counts of harassment.
Police responded to an altercation in an apartment complex parking lot in the 10200 block of Northeast Evergreen Parkway on June 1. Police said a man was trying to drive away, but was blocked by a car double parked in the parking lot.
The man began yelling racial slurs and profanity at the car's driver, a 78-year-old Black woman who was reportedly waiting in her car for her son, police said.
"The woman moved her car to let the man back out, but instead of leaving, he drove his car at her continuing to yell," police said in a statement on Wednesday, July 29. "He passed by her, turned around, and drove back at her again."
During the altercation, the woman reportedly got out of her vehicle, afraid the man might crash into it, police said. The man stepped out of his own vehicle police said, walked aggressively toward her with his fists raised and continued yelling racial slurs.
The woman's son stepped between the man and his mother to protect her, police said, and the man began yelling at him as well.
A neighbor who heard the altercation, told his fiancée to call 9-1-1 and ran to intervene, police said. When he arrived, the man had driven away.
According to police, neither the woman nor her son knew the man and police didn't immediately locate the suspect, police said. In a statement, police said they arrested Blackmore based on witness descriptions and a partial license plate number.
"As a reminder, Hillsboro Police encourages anyone who experiences an act of bias or discrimination in the city of Hillsboro to report it immediately," police said.
Blackmore has not previously been convicted of any felony or misdemeanor charges, court records show.
If convicted, Blackmore could face up to three years in prison and $17,500 in fines, according to state law.
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