EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene police have cited a man on intimidation charges. He’s accused of using anti-Semitic terms against a University of Oregon student in a Jewish fraternity. Police say it happened on October 30 at about midnight, near the fraternity at 791 E. 15th Avenue. They say a 20-year-old fraternity member was going to walk a woman home and noticed the suspect in the bed of his pick-up truck, which was parked on the side of the fraternity.
Police say the victim told the suspect to get out of his truck and the suspect, later identified as Damien Leon Ramirez, 23, responded by using anti-Semitic terms regarding Jewish people and the victim in particular. Ramirez reportedly got out of the truck, but kicked the side of it as he was leaving. He also reportedly made a comment about getting a firearm, as he went to his home nearby. He then came out of his home, holding something in his hand. The victim couldn’t tell what it was. Police followed up to investigate and charged Ramirez with second-degree intimidation on November 5.
The Vice President for Student Life at the U of O, Robin Holmes, released a statement in response to the incident, “The University of Oregon community is deeply disturbed by the crimes alleged to have been committed against Alpha Epsilon Pi. We do not tolerate hate crimes or threats founded in bias against any individuals or groups.
At UO, we are committed to diversity and creating a welcoming, supportive, and respectful community. We are grateful to the Eugene Police Department for their swift action related to the October 30 incident. In cases like this, student conduct procedures may also be initiated. President Schill has personally reached out to express his concern and support for the fraternity. The university will continue to work with Alpha Epsilon Pi to ensure that they have the resources and support needed to feel safe as a part of our campus community.”