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Good Samaritan injured trying to stop hate crime

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A good Samaritan was injured when he defended a man being harassed in Portland's Old Town because he was gay, say police.

Police say Shawn Siefke, 28, and Christian Sanchez-Villavencio, 21, approached a man around NW Flanders Street and NW 2nd Avenue to ask for directions around 2:57 a.m. Saturday.

After the man gave them directions, Siefke and Sanchez-Villavencio began calling the man derogatory names and slurs because he was gay, according to police, who Siefke also pushed the victim.

Andrew Smith happened to be walking by and stepped in to defend the victim. 

He told Fox 12 he just couldn't stand by while someone was getting picked on, but his intervention quickly turned into a physical fight.

"I come up and I get taken down," said Smith.  "I just remember getting kicked in the head several times, repeatedly kicked in the head and called names."

Police arrested the suspects when the returned to the area shortly after the attack.

Siefke and Sanchez-Villavencio are facing assault charges. Siefke is also facing an intimidation charges.

This attack happened one month after another hate crime.

Two men holding hands were beaten up near the Hawthorne Bridge on May 24.  Their attackers are still on the loose.

The attacks are unacceptable, said Stephen Cassell, a Q Center board member.

"Does it bother us, does it hurt us? It hurts us that anybody gets attacked in the city, not just gays, lesbians and transgendered people," he said.

The group organizes Q Patrols, groups of volunteers patrols that walk through downtown Portland on weekend nights to discourage such attacks.

The patrols usually end between 2:30 and 3 a.m., said Cassell, right around the time of the latest attack.

He said Q patrols will continue, but urged people to walk in groups to protect themselves.

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