A black student at Lewis & Clark College was assaulted on campus by three white men who used racial epithets during the attack, Portland police said Saturday.
The 26-year-old student told officers he was assaulted in the Estate Gardens, near the reflecting pool, about 9 p.m. Friday, police said. He waited more than three hours before notifying police at 12:49 a.m. Saturday, saying he first talked with friends about it, Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson said.
Investigators are treating the attack as a potential hate crime, according to police and college officials. Meanwhile, Lewis & Clark is bringing in extra security for the Southwest Portland campus.
The student, who was not named, fought back and was able to get away, police said. Though police said he did not require medical attention, college officials said medical personnel did respond and treated the student at the scene.
What’s Yik Yak?
The online bulletin board attracts college students who comment — seemingly anonymously — about their campuses. And though the company has shared user information with law enforcement recently, users still post threatening messages — including some last week that referenced Lewis & Clark College in Southwest Portland.
The student was described later Saturday morning as “physically safe,” and being supported on campus, according to Anna Gonzalez, dean of students.
Police said the three suspects were described as college-age white males, 5 foot 8 inches tall with medium builds.
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