Sheriff: Black man assaulted by man with confederate flag at country music fest in Oregon
BROWNSVILLE, Ore. -- Deputies are looking for information after a man was assaulted at the Willamette Country Music Festival on Sunday night for confronting three men who were waving a large confederate flag from a pickup truck, the Linn Ocunty Sheriff's Office said.
Officials said the victim, an 18-year-old black man, was taken to the hospital for treatment. He is expected to survive his injuries.
The assault happened about 10:10 p.m. at the camping area of the festival grounds. Deputies learned that three men in their late teens or early 20s were driving around in a black Ford pickup near Section O, "waving a large confederate flag before the Kid Rock concert," the sheriff's office said.
The man yelled something at them about how he didn't like their flag, and one of the men jumped out of the pickup and got into a verbal altercation.
The suspect is accused of hitting the victim several times before driving off in the pickup.
The victim's friends found him wandering around the grounds, and called in the assault to authorities.
Deputies searched thr grounds but could not find the newer, full-sized Ford pickup that the victim described.
Witnesses said the suspect had dark hair and was wearing blue jeans, a black "muscle" shirt with the sides cut, brown boots and a black cowboy hat.
If you have any helpful information, call deputies at (541) 967-3950.