Deputies: Black teen assaulted at BWCMF over Confederate flag fight

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says the victim yelled at the suspect about the Confederate flag on his pickup.

Posted: Aug 20, 2018 1:50 PM
Updated: Aug 20, 2018 8:23 PM

BROWNSVILLE, Ore. – Deputies are searching for a suspect who assaulted a black teenager at the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival during a dispute over a Confederate Flag.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office said three males were driving a pickup through the camping area near Section O waving a large Confederate Flag before the Kid Rock concert Sunday night.

Deputies said an 18-year-old black man yelled something to the males in the truck about their flag because he didn’t like it.

They said a male jumped out of the truck, exchanged words with the victim and hit him several times before driving off.

The victim was taken to Lebanon Community Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies said the males in the truck were in their late teens to early twenties driving a newer full-sized Ford pick-up. They said the suspect in the assault had dark hair and was wearing blue jeans, a black muscle shirt with the sides cut, brown boots and a black cowboy hat.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at 541-967-3950.

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