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Investigation of racist attack suspended for lack of evidence

Lewis and Clark College student declines to participate in criminal inquiry


Police have stopped searching for a suspect in an Nov. 21 report of a racially charged attack on the Lewis & Clark College campus in Southwest Portland.

Police say the alleged victim, 26-year-old Tanguy Muvuna, has declined to participate in the investigation any further and would not participate in prosecution if the assailants were found.

Muvuna had reported that late night on Nov. 20 he left his room and was confronted by three white college-age males, about 5-foot-8-inches tall, with medium builds. The three men used racial epithets before assaulting Muvuna, he told police. Muvuna declined medical attention.

Police detectives say they reached out to Muvuna several times during their investigation and followed up several other leads, including on the social media site Yik Yak, where several vague and general racist statements were made anonymously. The Yik Yak posts sparked a major campus-wide protest but police note the statements did not include a specific threat.

Police say that without new information, the investigation is suspended.

Anyone with new information on the incident is encouraged to contact Det. Todd Prosser at 503-823-9320.