HOOD RIVER, Ore. — A Buddhist monk was attacked in Hood River, in what police believe was a possible hate crime.
Kozen Sampson said he was dressed in his traditional brown robe when the attacker approached him. He said the stranger suddenly yelled and kicked his car door into him, hitting him in the head. The man then referred to Sampson as a Muslim and walked away.
Sampson described the suspect as a white man with brown hair. Police are investigating, but do not have any suspects at this time.
The attack occurred near the intersection of 12th Street and Eugene Avenue in Hood River on Feb. 29. Investigators said Sampson, from Trout Lake, Wash., was visiting the area to do obedience training with his dogs.
Sampson suffered injuries to his face, but was recovering from the attack.
Police are hoping the public may have information that can help them on this case. Anyone with tips is encouraged to call Detective Rivera, with the Hood River Police Department, at (541)387-5257.