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Hood River police investigating attack on Buddhist monk as possible hate crime

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Hood River police are investigating a possible hate crime after a Buddhist monk was assaulted while stepping out of his car last week.

The incident took place on Feb. 29 near the area of 12th Street and Eugene Street.

Kozen Sampson of Trout Lake, WA said he was stepping out of his car to do obedience training with his dogs when a man approached him yelling.

Police said the man kicked the car door into Sampson, hitting him in the head.

The man referred to Sampson as a Muslim and then walked away.

Sampson is a Buddhist monk and had been wearing a brown robe at the time of the incident.

He sustained injures to his face.

Sampson described the suspect as a white man with brown hair.

Hood River police have no leads and are asking the public to contact them with any information on this incident. 

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