For the second time this week and third time in about a month, the Deschutes County District Attorney has filed criminal charges against someone allegedly harassing protesters gathering in Bend.
“As long as I’m in office, these crimes will always be of the utmost priority,” DA John Hummel told Central Oregon Daily News.
Thursday, Hummel announced charges against two men, 37-year-old La Pine resident Darrell Goddard and 50-year-old Show Lo, Ariz. resident Robert Thompson for their alleged role in an incident July 11th.
Earlier this week, Hummel announced harassment charges against 20-year-old Dylan Freville of Bend for allegedly “rolling coal” on people attending a Black Lives Matter rally in May.
And in June, Hummel filed assault charges against 52-year-old David William Hart, saying he struck a woman and a baby stroller in a crosswalk during the Walk for Justice protest June 6th.
“I’ve heard about three (cases) in the last two weeks, why is that? Because people feel comfortable coming forward now,” Hummel said. “They see people out in the streets who are advocating for them. They feel that if they come forward, there will be a community that will support them.”
According to Police, a truck driven by Thompson drove past a rally in downtown Bend and screamed a slur at one of the attendees.
A 29-year-old Bend resident Andrew Heller, rode his bike two blocks to the truck that was then stopped at a traffic light.
Hummel said Heller stopped his bike on the passenger side of the truck and asked the passenger why he yelled what he yelled.
Goddard responded by slamming open his door into Heller, knocking him and his bike into another car in the road, the DA said.
Goddard then jumped out of the truck and started punching Heller who was on the ground, Hummel said.
Thompson then grabbed one of his handguns, jumped out of the truck, pointed the gun at Heller, and threatened him, according to the DA.
Goddard and Thompson then got back into the truck and drove off.
Bend Police responded and found the truck in question at the Shell gas station on SE Third Street in Bend. Two guns were found inside.
Thursday, Hummel charged Goddard with fourth-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief (criminal mischief based on damage to the car that Heller and his bike were knocked into).
Thompson was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, and menacing.
Goddard and Thompson are due in court for an arraignment on September 8th.
“I support the protesters who are standing up for black lives, but that’s irrelevant,” Hummel said. “I am not going to allow somebody to impede their ability to get their message out.”