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Police: Eugene Man Threatened To Kill Muslim Worshippers, Committed Other Bias Crimes

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Police have arrested a man they say recently threatened to kill Muslim worshippers at the Eugene Islamic Center.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the same man was taken in after allegedly committing other bias crimes at Monroe Park. 

Credit Eugene Islamic Center, Facebook photo.

Authorities say 44-year-old Chad Everett Russell showed up after prayers Monday night, and made physical threats against attendees.  

Melinda McLaughlin is a spokeswoman for the EPD. 

“Looked like he may or may not have had a concealed weapon on him at the time," she tells KLCC.

"So police quickly came and started to look for him. 

"There was a really good description, and there was also a photo of him, which was very helpful.” 

Patrols were stepped up around the Islamic Center.

Then on Tuesday afternoon, reports came in about a similar suspect involved in a dispute against two people in Monroe Park.  Police arrived and arrested Russell. 

Credit Eugene Police Department
Photo of Chad Everett Russell, as seen earlier this week.

McLaughlin says the alleged bias crimes involve race and sexual orientation.  

Russell faces seven charges altogether from both incidents, including intimidation and disorderly conduct.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe account has been set up, to help improve the Islamic Center’s security and maintenance. 

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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