Jul 27,2007 00:00
A 30-year old Redman man has been arrested in connection with the assault of a Salem man in a tavern shortly before the victim was struck and killed by a railroad train as he lie on the tracks, police reported.
Detectives believe Petite and Chacon were in the Tumble Inn Tavern the night before the accident when Chacon struck the victim with a hand-held weapon. “It is also alleged the assault was racially motivated,” Shortreed said.
Chacon was arrested at his home about 3 p.m. Tuesday and was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail.
“At this time it is still undetermined why Mr. Petite was lying on the railroad tracks. The investigation will continue as information is gathered,” said the lieutenant.