HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man hit in the head with a bolt-cutting tool by a stranger who yelled anti-gay comments says the attacker appeared to be enraged by the sight of the victim's pink poodle.
David Beltier tells The Oregonian (http://is.gd/rvZxBd ) he was walking with his boyfriend and their poodle in the Portland suburb of Hillsboro last Friday when a stranger drove by, yelling "that's not right for that dog to be that color."
When the man flipped a U-turn and braked to a stop, Beltier dialed 911.
Court papers allege the man hit Beltier once in the shoulder, then grabbed the heavy tool and hit him behind his left ear. Beltier didn't require medical attention.
A witness wrote down a license plate number. Hillsboro police later arrested 22-year-old George Allen Mason Jr. for investigation of second-degree intimidation, second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and reckless driving. Intimidation is Oregon's bias-crime statute.
Beltier says his dog's hair is dyed with Kool-Aid.