Portland police arrest suspect in connection to bias crime

Nathan Scates mug shot courtesy Multnomah County Jail

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police arrested a man in connection with an assault and bias crime that occurred in downtown Portland in August.

The Portland Police Bureau said officers arrested 37-year-old Nathan Scates on Thursday. He was booked in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of second-degree assault, second-degree intimidation, and unlawful use of an electrical stun gun, tear gas or mace in the second degree.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case. Police expect Scates will be charged Friday morning.

Police began investigating the case on Aug. 10 when officers responded to a public dock on the Willamette River near 1510 Southwest Harbor Way.

Witnesses told police that a uniformed security guard, later identified as Scates, confronted several people on the dock. During the confrontation, police say Scates uttered racial slurs and assaulted a female with a baton, injuring her hand.

People at the scene called 911 and Scates walked away while the victims and others followed him.

Police say Scates deployed pepper spray at two uninvolved people in his attempt to get away from the scene.

Police say the initial victims in the case are a Muslim family and the female assaulted and her male companion, are Hispanic.

Scates was previously arrested in McMinnville in August 2018 after he was accused of shooting a woman during a confrontation.

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