CRESWELL, Ore. – Deputies say a man reported he was threatened at his home near Creswell for being African American. Authorities arrested a man who lives near the victim.
According to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Rodney Blomberg, 45, was one of four men who drove to the victim’s home on Jackson Marlow Road near Creswell.
The incident occurred about two weeks ago around 10 p.m.
According to court documents, three other men were with Blomberg, driving two vehicles with the confederate flag attached.
Officials say Blomberg and the victim are acquaintances.
“We had deputies respond. The suspect, 45-year-old Rodney Blomberg, reportedly made some racial slurs towards the neighbor, some intimidating comments,” said Carrie Carver from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.
In the affidavit, the victim stated that he “does not feel safe living in the area because of this.”
The victim identified himself as half black with brown skin and black curly hair.
Law enforcement arrested Blomberg a couple days after the incident for second degree intimidation. His next court appearance is scheduled on August 15.
Source: KMTR Eugene