EPD HAS SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
Sunday, July 10tH
Eugene, OR – Lt. Jen Bills informed the APICAT Steering Committee that a Eugene Police patrol caught and arrested a suspect of the recent vandalism of Asian owned businesses at 2:00 AM this morning around the Jade Palace and Lotus Garden areas. It is unknown if the suspect is indeed the actual vandal, but Lt. Bills believes that their M.O. matches. She also reports that this suspect was caught in the act on video, which they will analyze.
APICAT would like to thank EPD and the City of Eugene for their hard work and partnership on this vital issue to our community. In addition to stepped up patrols organized by Lt. Doug Mozan, EPD has also pledged to send Crime Prevention Specialists to evaluate the security of each of the affected businesses. Typically vandalism of this nature is not a priority due to resources and staff, as EPD does not typically send an officer out on this type of call. However, Lt. Bills has been treating this as a Bias Crime and directed dispatch and 911 to send an Officer. In our meeting with her Friday, we also discussed cultural and language needs of our community.
The APICAT Steering Committee will also be meeting with EPD Chief Pete Kerns, City Manager John Ruiz, and Mayor Kitty Piercy on Tuesday to discuss longer term partnerships and solutions.
We will provide additional updates as we receive them.
APICAT Steering Committee,
David Yuen Tam, Ardyn Reyes Wolfe, Sam Roxas-Chua, Jason Mak