Police: Man arrested on hate crime charges for intimidating Muslim couple
PORTLAND, Ore. —
Police arrested a man on hate crime charges Friday night in connection with a May harassment incident.
Police say 49-year-old Frederick Nolan Sorrell threatened a Muslim couple "using words and hand gestures."
Bias crimes detectives investigated the incident, which led to an arrest warrant for the man.
Sorell faces three counts of intimidation in the second degree.
Court documents say he unlawfully, intentionally and because of his perception of the victims' race, color, religion and national origin, caused alarm by threatening to inflict serious physical injury upon them.
He's also accused of threatening to cause "substantial damage" to the victims' property.
Sorell is no stranger to the law. Records show he was convicted of rape in Multnomah County in 2001.
Sorell was booked into the Multnomah County Jail where he awaits arraignment on Monday.