PORTLAND, Maine — Police in Maine’s largest city said Tuesday charged a man following an attack they described as racially motivated.
Troy Sprague, 47, of Portland is facing a charge of criminal mischief.
Police said they received a report of an incident in which a white man harassed a woman and damaged her vehicle because she is of Asian descent. They said the attack happened on Monday afternoon in the area of 471 Forest Avenue.
The attacker told the victim to “go back to where she came from” before he kicked her driver side mirror, which he broke, police said. The woman’s children were in the vehicle.
Portland Police Chief Frank Clark said the attack “cuts directly against everything we stand for in the city of Portland.” He said the department is investigating the incident as a hate crime and will work with the office of the Maine attorney general.