Frederick Nolan Sorrell, 49, of Gresham, OR wept in the hallway outside of court, following his arraignment (KGW screengrab)
By Bob Brigham / 07.12.2017
An Oregon man has been arraigned on hate crime charges for threatening a Muslim couple only days after two men were stabbed to death in Portland after trying to stop an anti-Muslim rant.
Frederick Nolan Sorrell, 49, of Gresham, OR wept in the hallway outside of court, following his arraignment on hate crime charges, Portland TV station KGW reports.
Sorrell allegedly harassed a Muslim couple from his car for more than twenty blocks, during which time he allegedly made multiple attempts to strike the victim’s vehicle.
Sorrell also, “made pointing hand gestures that were said to resemble pulling the trigger of a gun, and shouted things like, ‘take off the f*cking burka,’ ‘this is America,’ and ‘go back to your f*cking country,’” according to the Council on American-Islamic affairs.
“I guess my fear and paranoia, I just yelled out. I don’t go on social media looking to hate on people,” Sorrell told KGW. “I guess my ignorance and my stupidity is why I opened my mouth, and I shouldn’t have and I claim full responsibility.”
“I’m sorry I blurted out what I blurted out, my paranoia my fear.” Sorrell added. “I don’t wish death upon these people.”
Detectives with the Portland Police’s “Bias Crimes” unit investigated the incident.
“In recent months, the City of Portland has experienced increased tension and concerns about hate crime activity and threats to community safety,” Portland Police noted. “The Bureau investigates all reports of bias-motivated crimes and encourages any member of our community who is the victim of such a crime to contact law enforcement. Under Oregon law, bias crimes are defined as any criminal act that targets a victim based on the suspect’s perception of the victim’s race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin.”
Watch the KGW report: