Authorities say Portland man made up story of hate crime in Bend

A Portland man who said he was the victim of a hate crime while camping in Central Oregon made up the story, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Chad Davis said Wednesday Michael Olson was contacted and interviewed by detectives from Portland Police and DCSO.

“Based on statements made by Mr. Olson, detectives determined the incident Mr. Olson described on social media did not actually take place,” Davis said in a release. “Based on what was learned from Mr. Olson, Go Fund Me was contacted about the investigation. Mr. Olson’s Go Fund Me page has since been shut down.”

This investigation will be sent to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office for review, Davis said.

Olson had said he was physically attacked while camping with his dog near China Hat Road and the Fort Rock OHV trail system just east of Bend. Additionally, Olson said someone spray-painted a racial slur, a swastika and the words “Go Home,” on his Jeep.

Olson returned home to Portland before contacting authorities, who, in turn, had difficulty tracking him down to get more information.

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