Top Japanese diplomat shoved to the ground in downtown Portland
A homeless person was arrested and charged with bias crime after the attack.
PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) - Last month, in downtown Portland, the top Japanese diplomat in Oregon was attacked by a homeless person.
62-year-old Yoshioka Yuzo is the consul general for the Japanese Consular Office in Portland, a position he has held since March.
According to court documents, Yuzo was allegedly “jumped” and “shoved” to the ground on June 17 while walking near Southwest Park Avenue and Oak Street. He received a cut when his head slammed against the pavement, which need medical attention.
According to the records, the suspected attacker is 23-year-old Arissa Jean Minyonne Robinson. Robinson was listed as a “transient” with no permanent address.
Robinson is facing charges of fourth-degree assault, felony bias crime and strangulation.
After arriving on the scene, a Portland police officer said that Yuzo informed him that his attacker had “pushed him down unprovoked.” As Yuzo was being helped by medical personnel on a gurney, the officer “observed a lot of blood running down the back of the victim.”
Robinson has a history of biased crimes, against people of Asian descent, including an arrest for punching an Asian person in the back of the head before putting them into a chokehold. In a previous attack, Robinson attacked a mother and baby in a stroller in Old Town China Town in Aug. 2021. According to court docs, Robinson kicked over the baby stroller, later telling police, “I meant to do it.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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