Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies responded to an assault that occurred Sunday night at the Willamette Country Music Festival in Brownsville.
Sunday at 10:11 p.m., it was reported the victim was assaulted and needed medical attention. Deputies and Medics, which were both on site, responded.
Deputies learned that a black Ford pick-up with three males was driving through the camping area, near Section O, waving a large Confederate flag. Before the Kid Rock concert, the victim who was walking in the area yelled something to the males about their flag because he did not like it. One male jumped out of the pick-up and he and the victim exchanged further name-calling. The suspect hit the victim several times and then drove off in the pick-up. The victim was found wandering in the area by friends who reported it to dispatch.
Deputies searched the festival property for the suspect but could not find him. The pick-up was described as a newer full-sized Ford pick-up waving a Confederate flag. The three males, including the suspect were in their late teens to early twenties. The suspect that assaulted the victim had dark hair and was wearing blue jeans, a black muscle shirt with the sides cut, brown boots and a black cowboy hat.
The victim, who is an 18-year old black male, was transported to Lebanon Community Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Deputies are continuing to investigate the case but are asking for anyone that might know the suspects or where they were parked or camped at to call the Sheriff’s Office. If you have any information about the suspect, the listed vehicle or this case please contact Sergeant Mike Harmon at (541) 967-3950.