/Man who chased, yelled racist slurs at TriMet worker sentenced to 18 months in prison – OregonLive

Man who chased, yelled racist slurs at TriMet worker sentenced to 18 months in prison – OregonLive


A 51-year-old man who chased and yelled racist slurs at a Black TriMet supervisor at a Southwest Portland transit station last year was sentenced to 18 months in prison for committing a bias crime.

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced Thomas DeLong’s sentence Sunday. DeLong pleaded guilty to one count of a bias crime, one count of menacing and one county of second-degree disorderly conduct stemming from the high-profile 2020 incident.

DeLong initially pleaded not guilty to charges. He told court officials at the time that he drank “a little too much,” and “didn’t mean to commit a felony,” according to court documents. According to early reports involving the incident, DeLong missed a bus and then started chasing the supervisor around the property.

According to the district attorney’s officer, the TriMet employee heard a TriMet driver called for help, and the driver left the Barbur Transit Station specifically to avoid DeLong.

DeLong was seen hitting the side of the bus. When he spotted the TriMet supervisor, he started screaming and running toward the man while “clenching both hands into fists” and swinging them “in a circular fashion while chasing” the TriMet worker.

DeLong was yelling racist slurs while chasing the man, who was eventually able to escape DeLong in a TriMet vehicle until police arrived

Beyond the 18 month prison sentence, DeLong also faces five years of probation and is prohibited from entering TriMet property. He also is barred from interaction with the TriMet employee and was ordered to undergo a drug and alcohol mental health evaluation.

— Andrew Theen; atheen@oregonian.com; 503-294-4026; @andrewtheen

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