According to the Portland Police Bureau, officers apprehended a suspect in the “racially motivated” attack on a Black food truck owner in southeast Portland on Sunday (2 July).
Sunday at approximately 7:30 a.m., PPB said, two officers were assisting Portland Fire & Rescue with traffic control in the 12300 block of Southeast Division Street when they spotted Daniel Thomas Warren walking by. They detained him for arrest. Warren was processed into the Multnomah County jail on a charge of assault in the second degree.
On June 15, police identified Warren as the suspect in the assault of Darell Preston, the proprietor of the food truck LoRell’s Chicken Shack. Alicia LeDuc Montgomery, Preston’s counsel, stated that he was beaten because of his race. According to a GoFundMe page, Preston sustained a fractured face, a broken nose, and wounds to his eyes and mouth. In a video of the assault, Preston can be seen being kicked to the ground.
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Thursday, Warren was named a suspect. The police received multiple clues, but none of them led them to Warren. PPB expressed gratitude to the community members who kept an eye out for him and provided information.
LeDuc Montgomery issued a statement stating –
“The Preston Family is relieved the attacker has been taken into custody.”
She reported that LoRell’s Chicken Shack will reopen on Sunday and that Preston will return to work for the first time since the assault.