Sheriff: Black teen hurt by man in pickup with Confederate flag at Oregon music festival
BROWNSVILLE, Ore. - Deputies made a public appeal for help locating suspects in an assault Sunday night in the camping area at the Willamette Country Music Festival in Brownsville.
Friends of the 18-year-old victim found him after the attack and called the sheriff. The victim was treated at Lebanon Community Hospital.
According to the Linn County Sheriff's Office:
"Deputies learned that a black Ford pick-up with three males was driving through the camping area, near Section O, waving a large Confederate flag. Before the Kid Rock concert, the victim who was walking in the area yelled something to the males about their flag because he did not like it. One male jumped out of the pick-up and he and the victim exchanged further name-calling. The suspect hit the victim several times and then drove off in the pick-up."
The sheriff's office noted in a statement that the victim is black.
Deputies searched the festival grounds for the suspect, to no avail.
The pickup was described a a newer full-size Ford with a Confederate flag.
The suspect and two others in the truck are described as in their late teens or early 20s.
The suspect in the assault had dark hair and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black muscle shirt with the sides cut, brown boots and a black cowboy hat.
The sheriff's office asks anyone who might know the suspects or where they were parked or camped to contact Sergeant Mike Harmon at (541) 967-3950.