Man Convicted of Hate Crime for Punching Transgender Woman

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12/14/2019

An Oregon man convicted of punching a transgender woman has been sentenced to probation. Dominick Gonzales, 38, changed his plea Friday and was convicted of first-degree bias crime for punching the woman in Northwest Portland in September, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill said in a news release. The victim, who is white and was wearing a dress, was standing in line for free coffee and food for homeless people on September 29 when Gonzales started yelling at her, using racial and homophobic hate speech, the release said. Gonzales punched her in the face, splitting her lower lip open. Gonzales fled on a bicycle before police caught him.

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