Police: Springfield woman arrested for 'Bias Assault' in May bus incident
EUGENE, Ore. -- A Springfield woman has been arrested and charged with "bias assault" stemming from an incident in May aboard an LTD bus, Eugene Police report.
On June 6, Eugene Police Department says they were tagged in a Facebook post regarding a bias assault on the LTD bus.
EPD responded with a request for the victims to contact them to make a report.
A case number was taken out after a report by the victim, who had returned to her home in Washington.
"An EPD officer, who continued to diligently work the case, took the suspect, Eliesha Faye Sebra, 38, of Springfield, into custody early (Friday) morning for Assault (Bias), Interfering with Public Transportation, and Harassment," the police department said.
The bias incident occurred on May 5, 2018, at E. 11th Avenue and Kincaid Street.
A 23-year-old woman and her male friend boarded an LTD bus and another woman, later identified as Sebra, was reported to have sat next to them.
While on the bus, the victim reported looking past Sebra, and then out the window.
"Sebra began making homophobic comments toward the victim, accusing her of wanting to rape her and calling her gay," EPD said in a news release. "At some point, without provocation, Sebra stood up and began striking the victim and her male friend with her purse."
The male friend began video recording the assault with his cellphone. Another male passenger intervened and Sebra is reported to have grabbed him, at which point yet another passenger went to assist and was hit in the face by Sebra, the report said.
The female victim and her friend got off the bus and provided LTD with their information, and then went to UOPD to file a report. UOPD advised the victim to contact EPD to make a report. She returned to her home in Washington before calling to report this incident.