Pendleton's downtown weiner dog races turned ugly Friday evening when a young man assaulted one of the judges.

The man, described by witnesses as a man in his 20s with a shaved head and dressed in a black t-shirt and black pants, head-butted race judge Daniel Mitzimberg shortly after the end of the races, according to a police report.

A friend of Mitzimberg's, James Harsin, said he did not see the incident, but talked with Mitzimberg shortly after it happened.

"He (the young man) walked up and said something like, "stinkin jew" - something racial - and he just slammed his head into him," Harsin said.

Harsin said the assault happened very fast, and the young man quickly disappeared. Mitzimberg did not call the police right away, but after a knot rose on his forehead and the pain did not go away, he decided to report the assault.

"It was definitely a racial deal," Harsin said.

Pendleton Sgt. Bill Caldera said the police department is looking for the man, who will most likely be charged with harassment or disorderly conduct. The police report mentioned the young man had a mole on the back of his head.

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