Zachary Allen Hantz

Zachary Allen Hantz, booking photo.

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A man is facing a bias crime charge for allegedly yelling and pointing a knife at a Black park ranger in Portland, according to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

Zachary Allen Hantz, 30, is facing charges including one count of bias crime in the first degree, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of menacing.

Court documents state Hantz on July 5 threatened to hurt the Bureau of Parks & Recreation ranger near West Burnside Street and Northwest Park Avenue.

Court documents allege that Hantz on July 5 started walking aggressively toward the victim while yelling racial hate speech. He then pulled out a knife and pointed it toward the victim, the attorney’s office says.

According to court documents, as Hantz confronted the park ranger, a community member who is also Black saw what was happening and attempted to de-escalate the situation. Hantz then started screaming at and point the knife in the direction of the community member, court documents state. Law enforcement later arrested Hantz into custody without incident.

During the investigation, law enforcement learned the park ranger had initially contacted a person inside the North Park Blocks when Hantz approached. No injuries were reported.

Copyright 2020 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.

Locations

Recommended for you

(6) comments

America 1st

they should not judge all Democrats by this one.

Frederick Fukov

Are Park Rangers not armed? I would have been perfectly happy to read about Mr. Hantz demise from a few rounds from the Park Ranger's sidearm, once Mr. Hantz pulled a deadly weapon, and threatened the Park Ranger, as well as the citizen.

Ironbar66

I think the worst past is, BLM will look at this story and say, "See? Racist white people everywhere!", instead of realizing it was one mentally ill person who went off the rails.

Frederick Fukov

Yes, can you believe all of the white people kiIIing other white people in Chicago right now? Terrible thing.

Bahlsach

Superglue him to the base the elk they destroyed.

Walah case dismissed.

PDX2MtHood

A crazy person at the North Park Blocks?? Shocking I tells ya!

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.