A Portland man has entered a guilty plea to charges of third-degree assault and a first-degree bias crime following a vicious attack on a Black food truck owner last year. Daniel Thomas Warren, 40, admitted to the brutal encounter on Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
Warren's violent outburst against Darrell Preston, the proprietor of LoRell's Chicken Shack, occurred in June and was caught on video, depicting him punching and kicking the victim who had been standing beside his food truck in Southeast Portland. The incident, according to Preston's lawyer, was unprovoked and featured Warren hurling racist slurs, as reported by The Oregonian/OregonLive.
The attack left Preston with serious injuries, including a lacerated eyelid, a broken nose, and fractured bones around his eye. Following the incident, which took place near Southeast 52nd and Foster, the Portland Police Bureau initiated a bias crime investigation and arrested Warren a few weeks later as he casually walked by the scene.
Daniel Warren's sentencing is set for February 21, where he might be facing up to three years in state prison. Following his conviction, he may also have to undergo anti-racism training and complete 48 hours of community service. During the assault, Preston was engaging in a phone conversation before Warren blindsided him, as per the description given by the victim's attorney to KGW News.
Initially, in July 2023, Warren had pleaded not guilty to the bias crime and second-degree assault, but has since changed his plea in court to guilty for the assault and no contest to the bias crime, as KPTV reported.