Portland Man Charged With Hate Crime After Punching Asian American at Train Station

A man in Portland, Oregon has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly punching an Asian American commuter earlier this month.

The incident, which was only announced last week, occurred while the victim was waiting at the train stop near North Interstate Avenue and North Lombard Street on Dec. 15.

Daniel Hutchens. Image via Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office

Daniel Hutchens, 38, allegedly approached the victim and asked, “Are you Chinese?”

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The victim reportedly removed the headphones he was wearing to hear Hutchens, but the latter punched him in the face before he could respond.

Hutchens fled the scene but was located and arrested nearby.

The 38-year-old was charged with a second-degree bias crime and harassment, according to Oregon Live.

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Hutchens in an earlier mugshot. Image via Crook County Sheriff’s Office

Hutchens was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on a $4,000 bail.

Online records show Hutchens has been arrested in the past for criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, reckless driving and driving under influence.

Feature Image via Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (left) and Crook County Sheriff’s Office (right)

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