Eugene Oregon: A second suspect is being sought after a Jewish man was assaulted twice over the weekend

One arrested in possible hate crime attacks

By Jeff Wright
The Register-Guard
Appeared in print: Monday, Mar 22, 2010

Eugene police have arrested one man and are seeking a second after a 33-year-old man of Jewish descent was assaulted late Saturday evening and again early Sunday morning. The assaults are believed to be bias crimes related to the victim’s religious background, police said.

The victim was first assaulted around 11 p.m. Saturday at 342 East 13th Ave. According to accounts, two men assaulted, punched and kicked the victim while he was on the ground, and also struck him with a weapon, police said.

The second assault was reported at 1:12 a.m. at East 13th Avenue and High Alley. The victim was again threatened and struck with a different weapon, police said. According to the victim, one of the suspects used anti-Semitic slurs during the assault.

Police responded and searched for the two suspects. They charged Gary Lee Kehm, 32, no known address, with second-degree assault, third-degree assault, first-degree intimidation and unlawful use of a weapon.

They said they are seeking a second man, known as “Sweetpea,” who is described as a 35-year-old white male, 5-feet-10-inches and slender build, with brown shoulder-length hair, unknown eye color, light complexion and a beard. He was last seen wearing a red baseball cap, maroon jacket and blue jeans, and was carrying a tan backpack.

Police are not identifying the types of weapons used for investigative purposes.

Medics were called to the scene, but the victim declined treatment and he left the area, police said.

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