Beaverton woman says she was attacked by 3 racists

Woman claims racist attack in Hillsboro

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- A woman said she was attacked with a brick by three men who also hurled racial slurs at her in the Safeway parking lot on 185th Avenue in Hillsboro last Wednesday afternoon.

Kara Stevens, 28, who is African-American, said she was at the store to buy a handful of items but never made it into the store.

"All of a sudden, I felt this sharp pain," said Stevens. "I looked down and saw someone had thrown a concrete brick at me. If you've ever had the wind knocked out of you, it was that type of feeling."

While doubled over in pain and clutching her side, Stevens said the three men came closer to her.
        
"I legitimately was coming to terms with the fact that I was probably going to die," she said.

Stevens said the men hurled racial slurs at her and several threats.

"Just turn her into our sex slave," Stevens recalled one of the men saying. "'When we're done with her, we could string her up by a tree or something.'"

Stevens said during the attack, the men also mentioned Donald Trump, saying “this is what would make America great again,” before driving off in a black mid-nineties sedan.

"I just saw a Trump Pence 'Make America Great Again' bumper sticker, that's all I caught," Stevens said.

That afternoon, Stevens said a friend took her to the doctor because she was in pain, her side badly bruised.

On Monday morning, Stevens filed a criminal report with Hillsboro Police. She said it took her a few days to contact police because she was so shaken up. She said she hopes those who know the men who hurt her, will do the right thing.
        
"Turn them in," said Stevens. "Don't let them get away with that. It was me hurt with potentially cracked ribs and contusions this time, but next time it could be someone's life and you don't come back from death."

For those who threw the brick and hurtful words, she had this message:

"Nice try. It's going to take more than a brick to break me," said Stevens. "I will not let it break me. I will not let it hold me down. It will not dictate how I live my life. I won't give them that power."

Stevens said the three men who attacked her were white and in their mid-30s to early 40s.

Anyone with information about this case was asked to call the Hillsboro Police Department at 503-681-6190.


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