On Tuesday June 26, 2012, at 9:18 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to the report of a disturbance at Northwest 2nd Avenue and Burnside Street.
Officers arrived and contacted 50-year-old Reginald Ferdinand McGhee who complained that he was pepper-sprayed by two people. As officers were talking to McGhee, two people walked up to the officers and explained that they were assaulted by McGhee.
McGhee then ran from police and was pursued on foot, eventually caught a few blocks away at Northwest Naito Boulevard and Couch Street.
The victims, both transgender females, told police that McGhee approached them as they tried to pass by him on the sidewalk and began yelling ant-gay slurs and profanity at them, then pulled off his belt and started swinging a large metal buckle at them. 30-year-old Mya Rose Wolf-Black suffered minor injuries on one of her arms while 23-year-old Jacqueline Adams was not injured during the assault.
McGhee was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Fourth Degree and Intimidation in the First Degree.
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Lt. Robert King
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204
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