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Bail raised to $1 million for Redmond hate crimes suspect

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James David Lamb Jr.

Eugene man scheduled to enter plea Jan. 31 in attack on motel co-owner, a 70-year-old immigrant from India

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A Eugene man charged with hate crimes in the Dec. 31 assault on a Redmond motel co-owner had his bail raised to $1 million during a court appearance Friday as his alleged victim continues to recover from her injuries.

James David Lamb Jr., 53, appeared in the courtroom of Deschutes County Circuit Judge Stephen Forte, who agreed with prosecutors' request to sharply boost his bail from the initial $50,000.

District Attorney John Hummel noted that if Lamb posts bail, he must surrender his passport, be monitored electronically and have no contact with the victim or her family.

Lamb was staying at the Hub Motel when he allegedly broke into the manager's office and attacked Meena Puri, 70. Her husband said the man had asked to use the phone for a long-distance call; Puri said he should come back in the morning.

Lamb allegedly grabbed her hair through the night window, then used a large ashtray to smash in the office door and attack the woman. Hummel said Lamb was charged with bias crimes based on statements about the woman's country of origin and "his expressed desire to rid America of people like her."

An amended eight-count indictment Friday charges Lamb with second-degree attempted murder, two counts of first-degree bis crime, second-degree assault, first-degree burglary, strangulation, meanacing and second-degree criminal mischief

A plea hearing in the case is scheduled for Jan. 31, along with a Feb. 4 hearing to consider the prosecution's request for a no-bail hold on Lamb while the case is pending.

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  1. “Human scum” as our super classy dear leader likes to refer to his fellow Americans. Not all trumpanzees are racist scum but all racist scum are trumpanzees. Excellent. It makes regressives so proud. Perhaps little lyin donnie or Bevin will pardon him !!!

    1. If you don’t love the economic success minorities are enjoying under this administration, fester, I would say that it’s you who are trying to hold on to your racist beliefs.
      Back to the story, though: I’m glad his bail was raised and hope Meena makes a full recovery.
      Name calling is not classy, you’re right… I doubt that will stop you.
      Like your hate-filled cronies, leading by example is unthinkable, and you’ve turned not thinking into a dark science.

      1. Such a fallacious argument! a rising tide raises all boats, so taking credit for the Latinos boat rising is dumb! but most of trump’s arguments and justifications are dumb so no surprise. The surprise is them being spouted off by his supporters as if they make sense! makes you sound stupid!

        1. A great aphorism, but contrary to leftist doctrine.
          Even if we agree that it is a true statement, you would be giving credit to Trump for a booming economy and the highest tide we’ve ever seen.
          Ouch, that’s gotta hurt a partisan hack.

    2. And you say that Republicans are full of hate. You really should seek help for your hate and anger issues. You’ve been using the same wore out, boring comments for over three years. While you are there, they should be able to give you something to help with your obviously delusional thinking too… On the plus side for you, you will have another four years to try and come up with something new and hopefully more creative to say and complain about.
      As far as Trump pardoning this dirtbag, at least if he was going to do it, he would do it and be done. Something the Dems have yet to figure out how to do.

        1. If you truly believe Trump has promoted more hate than Obama and his wife, who were by far the worst racial inciters in recent White House history, you are either in denial,
          or just find it easier to believe what your beloved hypocritical Dem leaders tell you to believe… Choosing to ignore that fact doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

          1. Here’s another example of conservatives taking everything they’re guilty of, and just claiming that liberals are the ones who actually do it. Other examples:

            – The fake news/propaganda hyperbole (they perpetuate Infowars and many other conspiracy sites)

            – Political corruption (the flip out about “her emails”, even though that was cleared by their own DoJ yesterday, yet they are on phone calls bribing foreign officials)

            – Being “Snowflakes” (they associate liberals with this, yet have conniption fits over people kneeling during a song, wearing rainbow colors, having a phone option for espanol, etc.)

    1. Actually not true, because trump would have never been elected in the first place! All you cons would have been unable to vote because of being convicted felons for your hate of Obama and trump would have lost end of story!

  2. Although describing her as “a 70-year-old immigrant from India” was not incorrect, you could have just as easily and accurately described her as “a 70-year-old immigrant from India who took the effort to become an American citizen, who has lived in Redmond 30+ years where she raised her kids and grand kids, and is the owner of a successful business”. But you do you, ktvz.

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