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Portland police: Man menaced Hispanic driver; jumped on hood

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in Oregon arrested a man who they say threatened to kill a woman while calling her a “dirty Mexican.”

Court documents show the victim reported the attack Tuesday night. The woman told Portland police she just left work when a man started taking pictures of her and her license plate. She said he yelled “America deserves better” and jumped on her car.

He then grabbed a bottle from his car and used it to bang on her window while making the threat.

The man allegedly caused more than $1,000 damage to the woman’s car before driving away.

A witness took down the license plate of the man’s vehicle. Police arrested the suspect, 35-year-old Joseph Leineweber, when he showed up in court on an unrelated allegation that he harassed a pastor.

Leineweber is charged with criminal mischief, intimidation and menacing. Court-appointed attorney Kami White did not immediately return a phone message.

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