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Story by Donna Millsap - The Oregon Herald
Published on Saturday May 22, 2021 - 2:15 AM
 
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CEDAR HILLS, Oregon - On Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 11:35 a.m., patrol deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a disturbance at a retail store in the 3400 block of SW Knowlton Road in Cedar Hills. A deputy arrived in less than one minute.

Witnesses reported that an adult female shoved a nine-year-old boy at the location, forcing him to the ground and into the side of a parked vehicle - causing abrasions to his knees. Fortunately, he was not seriously injured. Witnesses also said the woman uprooted plants on the store's exterior.

Deputies talked to 31-year-old Lacy E. Lenahan who told police that she specifically shoved the child because of his race, and when she was in the store, she intentionally threw an item at someone because of their race. Throughout her conversation with investigators, police say she continued to use hateful and derogatory language when describing people of this race.

Ms. Lenahan was arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail on the following charges:

Bias Crime in the second degree
Harassment
Criminal Mischief in the second degree

In Oregon, bias crimes are committed based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. A bias incident is any hostile expression that may be motivated by those same factors.