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(Portland, OR)  --  A man is facing hate crime charges after allegedly assaulting three Latino men as they left a gay club in the Old Town/Chinatown district.  The Multnomah County District Attorney's office says 58-year-old Robert Oden is the first person to be charged under Oregon's new bias crime law.  Police say Oden punched the three men several times early Saturday morning outside the nightclub CC Slaughters while yelling at them and using homophobic language.  He then allegedly told them to go back to their country after they managed to escape.  Oregon's new bias crime law went into effect last month and allows prosecutors to charge Oden with a felony.  Previously, a felony charge for such crimes required two or more attackers to be involved.

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