Springfield man depicted in video of racial tirade arrested


    After two weeks of combing the Thurston area of Springfield, the Springfield Police finally arrested a man, identified as Sean Ryan Felger, 30, for harassing a group of men, telling them to "Go back to Mexico."

    SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - After two weeks of combing the Thurston area of Springfield, the Springfield Police finally arrested a man, identified as Sean Ryan Felger, 30, for harassing a group of men, telling them to "Go back to Mexico."

    The man was caught on video during a fit of rage, and police have said it contains dialogue that is too graphic to release to the public.

    It all began Tuesday afternoon, July 24th at 4 p.m. when three Latino men were leaving from a long day of roofing work. As they pulled their loaded truck and trailer onto the street from the jobsite at 6385 Main Street, the trailer tongue dipped and became high centered upon the sidewalk. They were stuck.

    The men tried to free the rig, which was blocking the south sidewalk, the bike lane and part of an eastbound lane of Main Street.

    One of the men began to video the circumstances to convey the dilemma to their boss when Sean Ryan Felger, age 30 of Springfield, came into view pushing a baby stroller occupied by his 2 year-old daughter.

    Felger had pushed the stroller into Main Street and around the stranded truck. He parked the stroller feet away and lunged into his angry tirade, furiously shoving one of the men as he tried to calmly explain the dilemma.

    The group of men did not retaliate, and watched as Felger pushed the stroller away.

    Police released still images of Felger derived from various stages of the video on August 8th and began receiving tips from the public immediately. One of those leads led Officer Swint to an image posted on a Facebook account which was later confirmed to be that of Felger.

    On Saturday morning, officers watched Felger walk to a card that was parked outside of his home, where he was arrested without incident.

    Felger had shaved his head and beard in what police believe had been an effort to disguise his appearance following media attention to the case depicting his image.

    Felger was charged with Second Degree Intimidation, Disorderly Conduct II and Harassment, and was walked into the Springfield Municipal Jail at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

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