Japanese Family Visiting Portland, OR Victimized by Racist Attack

Racist Attack in Portland, OR

By Connor McCarthy

Published: Jul. 5, 2022 at 6:02 PM PDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2022 at 6:03 PM PDT

PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) – The man accused of attacking a family visiting Portland over the weekend, pleaded not guilty to a list of charges, including two counts of bias crime Tuesday.

Portland police arrested 34-year-old Dylan Kesterson on Saturday after he allegedly attacked a family who is of Japanese descent. Ryuichiro Abe was visiting Portland for the holiday weekend from California after friends recommended the city as a good getaway. In a long email he sent FOX 12, Abe described the attack.

Abe said he, his wife, and his 5-year-old daughter rented a four-wheel tandem bike to ride on the city’s waterfront Saturday afternoon. It was when they were riding along the Eastbank Esplanade that Kesterson allegedly came out of nowhere and started yelling racial slurs at the family. Abe said Kesterson punched him in the head more than 50 times. He then turned to Abe’s daughter and punched her in the head as well.

People nearby intervened and were able to get Kesterson to stop. Portland police then arrived and arrested Kesterson. Abe said he went to a local hospital and is doing OK. His daughter was very nervous to leave the hotel room for dinner. Abe said they’re back in California now, but they’re not returning to Portland anytime soon.

READ MORE HERE: https://www.kptv.com/2022/07/06/man-accused-attacking-tourist-family-pleads-not-guilty-bias-crime

Update: Man charged with bias crime in attack on man of Japanese descent and his daughter