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Two Black teens endure racial taunts as they make overnight stop in Ontario

ONTARIO – Two teenage basketball players staying overnight in Ontario last week were threatened because they were black, resulting in the arrest of a 28-year-old transient for bias crimes, according to court and police records.

The transient, Tyler J. Duncan, also was accused of a bias crime and assault in connection with a fight on Ontario on Sept. 27.

Duncan was charged in Malheur County Circuit Court in both cases and is being held at the Malheur County Jail. He also is facing pending unrelated charges for theft and reckless burning.

He was charged with first-degree bias crime, fourth-degree assault and second-degree disorderly conduct for the Sept. 27 incident for assaulting a man because of his race.

“The physical altercation was triggered by comments that could be considered racially charged,” according to a statement from . . .