PORTLAND (AP) — Federal prosecutors have filed hate crime charges against an Oregon man accused of shouting anti-gay slurs and striking a stranger who was walking a pink poodle.
George Allen Mason Jr. faces one charge of a “hate crime act” after police say he struck David Beltier with a bolt cutter. Beltier was walking his poodle with his boyfriend in Beaverton when police say Mason drove by.
Court papers allege the man hit Beltier once in the shoulder, then grabbed the heavy tool and hit him behind his left ear. Beltier didn’t require medical attention.
The 23-year-old Mason was also charged with second-degree intimidation, second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and reckless driving. Intimidation is Oregon’s bias-crime statute.
His wife, Saraya Gardner, was charged with obstructing justice.