An Oregon man has been arrested for attacking a gay couple in Hillsboro when he spotted their pet poodle’s pink dyed fur. Believed to be a hate crime, George Mason, Jr., 22, allegedly began hurling homophobic slurs from his Land Rover SUV as David Beltier and his partner Jeremy Mark walked their dog.
After getting out of his vehicle, Mason is charged with hitting Beltier, 26, with his hand and then using a wrench to strike him in the back of the head. The attacker then got back into his vehicle and fled the scene.
The attack took place in the middle of a busy intersection on N.W. Evergreen Parkway. With the help of several witnesses, police were able to attain a license plate number for the vehicle. Officers identified the vehicle owner, Mason, as a “transient.”
Hillsboro police found the vehicle in a shopping center parking lot at 2:00am the following morning, Mar. 2. His wife, Saraya Gardner, 23, was inside the vehicle and Mason was found nearby on foot.
Mason faces charges including assault, intimidation, and unlawful use of a weapon. His wife was also cited for interfering with a police investigation because she was reluctant to cooperate when police arrived, according to the Hillsboro Tribune.
Beltier did not require hospitalization, but believes if he had been hit hard enough he could have been killed.
"It just really hurts to know people are out there still like that. Who cares if my dog is pink. It's not their dog. So leave me alone," said Beltier.
Source: NY Daily News