PORTLAND, Ore. – The trial is expected to start today in the case of a man accused of threatening a Muslim couple.
Opening statements begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Multnomah County Courthouse and the couple is expected to testify.
The suspect in the case, Frederick Sorrell, started crying after a court appearance last year, and said he was sorry.
In May 2017, Sorrell was accused of driving next to an Muslim couple in Portland for 20 blocks and of trying to hit their car several times.
The Oregon Committee of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Sorrell shouted “take off the (expletive) burka, this is America, go back to your (expletive) country” before mimicking firing a handgun pointed at the couple.
Last July, Sorrell said outside a courtroom that he was waving his hand and pointing his finger, but not making a gun gesture.
“I never tried to run into them. I was just going to work. I never tried to follow them. I never tried to make contact with them after the fact,” Sorrell said in tears.
He did admit to yelling at the couple.
“I guess my fear and paranoia, I just yelled out. I don’t go on social media looking to hate on people,” he said. “I guess my ignorance and my stupidity is why I opened my mouth, and I shouldn’t have and I claim full responsibility.”
“I don’t know who you are. I’m sorry I blurted out what I blurted out, my paranoia my fear. I don’t hate you I don’t know you,” Sorrell said. “I don’t wish death upon these people.”
“If the victims want to sit down and talk I would love to sit down and have an open conversation with them and have an open mind and apologize,” he said. “I just don’t know them, and all I know is fear based information.”