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Police: Black man severely injured in Eugene bias crime

Marcus Crowe

The suspect reportedly threw a spear-like object at the victim during the dispute, causing severe injuries.

Posted: Sep 21, 2021 4:10 PM
Updated: Sep 21, 2021 4:17 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – An arrest has been made after a Black man was targeted for his race in Eugene, police say.

The incident happened in the area of West 11th Avenue and Grant Street on Aug. 31. Police said Marcus Crowe, 36, of Eugene and a woman were yelling racially offensive terms in the area when the victim, a man in his late 20s, asked them to stop.

Crowe then assaulted the man, throwing a sharpened metal pole or spear-like object at him, police said. The victim suffered a severe, penetrating wound. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Police said Crowe faces charges of second-degree assault and second-degree bias crime.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 541-682-5292.

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