Man, wife indicted for attack on gay couple

Man, wife indicted for attack on gay couple

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by Evan Sernoffsky, kgw.com staff

kgw.com

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 27 at 4:10 PM

PORTLAND— A federal grand jury in Portland indicted a husband and wife Thursday for an assault on a gay couple walking their dog in Hillsboro last March.

George Mason Jr., 23 (pictured), and his wife Saraya Gardner, 23, were charged with hate crimes and obstruction of justice after Mason allegedly attacked a couple walking their pink poodle near the Tanasbourne Town Center in Hillsboro on March 1.

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Mason was reportedly driving a late 90s Land Rover, and police said after he hit one of the men with the vehicle, he then grabbed either a pipe or a wrench and then hit the man on the back of his head.

Gardner was found in the vehicle and Mason was found nearby on foot a short time after the crime, Lt. Mike Rouches with Hillsboro Police told KGW in March.

Mason was charged with violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. hate Crimes Prevention Act because he attacked a man because of the victim’s sexual orientation, the indictment from the U.S. Department of Justice says.

Gardner is charged with obstruction of justice for knowingly and intentionally misleading police in their investigation of Mason.

Mason faces a maximum 10 years in prison. Gardner faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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