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Portland man behind series of anti-Asian attacks charged with third bias incident for assault and robbery

  • Dylan Kesterson, 34, is now facing a total of 23 charges after it was discovered that authorities had also linked him to a third bias incident in July in Portland, Oregon.
  • In addition to being accused of attacking a Japanese father and his 5-year-old daughter on July 2 and assaulting three female victims – one of whom was identified as a Filipino woman – on April 17, Kesterson was accused of robbing, threatening and physically injuring a person in a racially motivated attack on April 9.
  • Kesterson was charged with first-degree bias crime, second-degree theft, third-degree robbery and fourth-degree assault for this third incident.
  • Kaito Nakajima, a Japanese man studying English in Portland, Oregon, also came forward in July to accuse Kesterson of a bias incident near a Safeway branch at Southwest 10th Avenue and Jefferson Street on June 25.
  • “Maybe the F-word, so dirty words, and after that I was slapped, [on] my cheek two times,” Nakajima told KGW8 in July. “My hat was stolen after that and the guy go away, somewhere. He ran off.”
  • Kesterson is being held without bail and is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 24.

A Portland man linked to two recent anti-Asian attacks is facing another set of charges for a third bias incident that reportedly occurred in April.

Dylan Kesterson, 34, is facing a total of 23 charges after KGW8 learned on Tuesday that he was involved in a bias incident on April 9. Court documents reportedly revealed that he robbed, threatened and physically injured a person in what authorities described as a racially motivated attack.

Portland court dismisses bias crime case against man who kicked Asian woman due to public defender shortage

A court in Portland, Oregon, has dismissed the bias crime case against a man accused of kicking an Asian American woman and spewing racial slurs at her last year.

A Multnomah County judge dropped the case against Peter Eschright without prejudice last week, explaining that the man was not assigned a public defense attorney “in a timely manner,” according to KPTV. Although Eschright’s case has been dropped, the charges against him can still be filed again in the future.

Oregon City mayoral candidate says the city’s homeless will live like ‘the Japanese’ if he wins

  • Oregon City mayoral candidate Leslie Wright said he wants the homeless in his city to live like “the Japanese people” by placing them in a vacant school.
  • The retired sergeant major unveiled his plan while discussing his second attempt to run for Oregon City mayor during an interview with radio talk show host Lars Larson last month.
  • “Have you ever seen the Japanese people, how they live? They live in these small, compact areas,” Wright told Larson. “We’re going to take each one of those [homeless] people and put them in their own little area and give them an address.”
  • While Wright might have been alluding to the popular low-budget capsule hotels in Japan, his statement may also bring to mind the crowded internment camps that thousands of Japanese Americans were incarcerated in during World War II.
  • Wright is set to face Oregon City Commission President and acting Mayor Denyse McGriff in a special election on Aug. 23.

A mayoral candidate for Oregon City revealed that he intends to use a vacant school for the homeless people in the city so they can live like “the Japanese people.”

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Leslie Wright unveiled his plan while discussing his second attempt to run for Oregon City mayor during an interview with radio talk show host Lars Larson last month.

16-year-old charged with the murder of Milana Li, 13-year-old girl found dead in an Oregon stream

  • Daniel Ryan Gore, a 16-year-old juvenile, has been charged with murder in the first degree for the death of Milana Li, a 13-year-old girl who was found dead at a park in Oregon on May 10.
  • Prior to the murder of Li, Gore was on probation for second-degree theft, second-degree arson and second-degree criminal mischief. Gore’s criminal history includes trying to set a movie theater on fire as well as damaging and stealing from a theater on two other occasions.
  • The circumstances of Li’s death remain unclear. Reports have not determined how Li died and if Li knew Gore.
  • The 16-year-old juvenile has not entered a plea for the death of Milani Li. He will remain in custody until his next court appearance on June 3.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged for the murder of a 13-year-old girl who was found dead at a park in Oregon earlier this month.

Daniel Ryan Gore was charged with murder in the first degree in Washington County Juvenile Court on Friday morning, according to the Beaverton Police Department.

Death of missing 13-year-old girl found in an Oregon stream is ruled a homicide

  • Milana Li, a 13-year-old sixth-grade student, was found dead in a park in Beaverton, Oregon, on May 10, about 24 hours after her mother reported her missing.
  • While Li’s cause of death has yet to be disclosed, police said an autopsy found Li to have died in a homicide.
  • Rstay Hofman, a family friend, created a GoFundMe page to raise $50,000 to support the grieving family. Nearly $37,000 has been raised so far..
  • Police urge anyone with information regarding Li’s case to contact Detective Cindy Herring at 503-526-2280.

A 13-year-old girl was found dead at a park in Oregon, about 24 hours after her mother reported her missing.

Officers responded to the Westside Linear Park in Beaverton before 3 p.m. to reports of “suspicious circumstances.” They found the body of Milana Li in a small stream off the Westside Regional Trail on May 10.

Rep. Pham, daughter of Vietnamese refugees, comes ‘full circle’ to welcome Afghan refugees to Oregon

Rep. Khanh Pham Wants to Welcome Vietnamese Refugees

An Oregon state representative wants to give a proper welcome to the Afghan refugees who will be arriving in the state early next year.

A proper welcome: Rep. Khanh Pham (House District 46), who was born to Vietnamese refugee parents, is among the leaders of the task force that will manage the resettlement of 1,200 refugees from Afghanistan to Oregon, reported Portland Tribune.

‘What about stray people?’: Chinese TikToker shocked by number of homeless people after living in US for 2 years

homeless people chinese woman shocked tiktok

A Chinese woman recently took to TikTok to express how shocked she was after seeing the staggering number of homeless people living on the streets in Portland, Ore. after she moved to the U.S. two years ago.

“Stray people”: In a video posted a week ago by @lialiu_chinese, the TikTok user discussed some of the “things in America that Chinese don’t understand.” She raised concerns about the growing problem of homelessness in the country.

Oregon has been luring tourists with Studio Ghibli-style animated ads for years

studio ghibli oregon tourism ads

A new video from a long-running tourism ad campaign contains the right blend of whimsy and pastel colors to make it seem like a teaser for an upcoming Studio Ghibli film.

Oregon’s mesmerizing animated tourism ad campaign, which wants viewers to imagine the state’s best attractions as “Only Slightly Exaggerated,” has been wearing its unmistakable Hayao Miyazaki inspiration since 2018.

Daughter of WWII Concentration Camp Detainee Becomes First Asian American Female Episcopal Bishop


A 61-year-old woman, whose family suffered during World War II due to their Japanese ancestry, became the first Asian American woman consecrated as a bishop in the Episcopal Church earlier this year. 

Historic ordination: Rt. Rev. Diana Akiyama, ordained as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon on Jan. 30 in Portland, was elected out of four candidates during an online convention, according to Oregon Live.