HILLSBORO – Police arrested a suspect Saturday who allegedly attacked a gay couple walking their dog Friday afternoon.
Police arrested transient, George Mason Jr., 22, and charged him with intimidation, assault, unlawful use of a weapon and reckless driving.
At about 3:30 p.m., David Beltier and his boyfriend were walking their pink poodle near the Tanasbourne Town Center at Northwest Evergreen Parkway and Northwest 185th Street when the suspect pulled into a nearby parking lot and got out and hit Beltier, said Mike Rouches with Hillsboro Police.
Mason was driving a late 90s Land Rover, and police said after he hit the victim, he grabbed either a pipe or a wrench and again hit the man on the back of his head.
Police later found the vehicle in the parking lot of a Target store at 19000 NW Evergreen Road. Mason's wife was in the vehicle and he was found nearby on foot, Rouches said.
"Honestly I'm devastated by it," said Beltier. "My family is all concerned about me."
The attacker also reportedly shouted a homophobic epithet at the victim while he attacked him.
"I'm just thankful he didn't have a more serious weapon like a gun and pull it out," said Jeremy Mark, the victim's boyfriend.
The victim refused medical attention and said he did not recognize his assailant.
"He could've gone more at it and killed me on that sidewalk," said Beltier.