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News Release
Bias crime suspect arrested by Hillsboro Police (Photo) - 07/29/20

Hillsboro Police officers responded to an altercation in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 10200 block of Northeast Evergreen Parkway on June 1 at 3:12 p.m. A 78-year-old Black woman was double-parked while waiting in her car for her son to come down from his apartment. A man got in a nearby car to leave, and he started yelling racial slurs and profanity at her.

The woman moved her car to let the man back out, but instead of leaving he drove his car at her continuing to yell. He passed by her, turned around, and drove back at her again. She got out of her car because she believed he might strike it. The man stopped his car, stepped out, and continued yelling racial slurs while walking aggressively toward her with his fists raised.

The woman’s son saw what was occurring and ran downstairs, and he stepped in between the man and his mother to protect her. The man then directed racial slurs and profanity at both of them. While trying to protect her, her son accidentally knocked her down. She was uninjured.

A neighbor heard the racial slurs and profanity from inside his apartment, told his fiancee to call 911, and ran to intervene. When the neighbor was outside, the man got back in his car and drove away.

Neither the woman, her son, nor the neighbor knew the man, who was not immediately located. Through the man’s description and a partial license plate number provided by witnesses, detectives identified him as 64-year-old John Blackmore of Hillsboro.

Hillsboro Police officers arrested Blackmore on July 28. He was lodged in the Washington County Jail on two counts of second-degree bias crime and two counts of harassment.

As a reminder, Hillsboro Police encourages anyone who experiences an act of bias or discrimination in the City of Hillsboro to report it immediately.

Attached Media Files: Blackmore
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