Police say a man used racial slurs against a black man and slashed tires on Sept. 10 in Portland.

COURTESY GOOGLE - Bill's Steak House is shown here in a screenshot taken from Google Maps.Portland police are investigating a "possible bias crime" involving a man who allegedly used racial slurs against a black man in Portland.

North Precinct officers responded to Bill's Steak House and Lounge, 10227 N.E. Sandy Boulevard, around 7:51 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, following reports that a man with "bad teeth" was trying to slash vehicle tires with a knife.

Police and a K9 unit arrived at the scene, where they interviewed several witnesses and searched for the suspect.

He was not located.

Police allege the man displayed a six-inch-long knife after he was denied access to the restaurant. He attempted to slash several tires and directed racial slurs at a black man while continuing to brandish the knife, according to a news release.

Besides his decaying molars, police describe the suspect as a roughly 50-year-old white man with grey or greying hair and facial hair, standing five-feet-seven-inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds.

Anyone with relevant information is asked to call Detective Jeff Sharp at 503-823-9773 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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