PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Officers are investigating possible bias crimes involving Molotov cocktails in southeast Portland, the police bureau says.
Police are looking for more victims after officers responded to two reports of someone throwing a Molotov cocktail into residents’ yards in the 3900 block of Southeast 104th Avenue.
The first incident occurred Monday around 3:30 p.m.; the second occurred Tuesday just after 9:30 a.m.
“I asked the detectives, you know, what time did this happen, and it was early morning. I get up and I go to the MAX station at 5:30 in the morning so I was a little concerned because I’m out and about at that time too,” said Corri Austin, who lives nearby.
Neighbors like Austin are confused about why someone would do this, and how no one saw it on an active through street like theirs.
“There’s no grudges, there’s no like, fights or anything between the neighbors. We all get along great,” she said.
Officers say the victim in the second incident also received intimidating text messages from the alleged suspect stating that they were targeted due to their sexual orientation. The message was from a phone number the victim did not recognize, police say.
“There’s not a lot of prejudiced people around here, I didn’t think,” Austin said.
There have been no reported injuries as a result of these incidents, according to the bureau.
Both incidents are being investigated as bias crimes. Victims are encouraged to file a police report as soon as possible by calling police on their non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.
Anyone with information, including video surveillance footage of these incidents, should contact Detective Hopper at 503-823-3408.
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