Portland police make arrest in latest anti-gay bias attack

Dillan Cashman

Dillan Cashman

PORTLAND, Ore. — Police have arrested and charged 21-year-old Dillan Joseph Cashman with intimidation and assault in an early morning attack on a gay man after insulting him and his parter with gay slurs.

Dillan Cashman

According to police, Cashman and another man approached the victim at Lovejoy Park and called them gay slurs, and later attacked one of the men.

Officers arrived and spoke with the 30-year-old victim who told police that he was walking through the park with another male and that they had their arms wrapped around each other as they walked.

The victim told officers that they were approached by two males, one of which began insulting them with anti-gay slurs. The victim and his friend left the area but the victim later returned to contact the suspect who was using anti-gay slurs. The victim saw the suspect on a balcony next to the park so the victim told the suspect that his comments were out of line.

The suspect left the apartment, came out to the park, and assaulted the victim.

Portland Police Bureau, via KATU-TV

Officers are calling the assault on Andrew Dempsey-Gluth, 30, a bias crime.

The reported followed a rally Saturday night where Portland’s LGBT community took to the streets and vowed to take a stand against violence following three other recent anti-gay attacks.

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