Man Charged with Hate Crime After Alleged Attack on 7-Eleven Sikh Clerk, Claiming he ‘Hates Muslims’
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A man in California has been charged with hate crime after an alleged attack with a 7-Eleven convenience store clerk. As seen on the Marysville store’s surveillance camera, the man threw hot coffee in the clerk’s face and then punched him before leaving the area.
According to Marysville Police Department news release, the man prepared himself a cup of coffee and tries to leave the area without paying for the item. The surveillance video showed the clerk confronting the man before the attack. CBS13 later confirmed the victim as part of the Sikh community and not Muslim. The clerk suffered burns on his face and injuries from the hot coffee.
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The man, which police identified as 43-year-old John Crain, was arrested after the police responded to another assault in the same store, spotting the suspect leaving the area. Reports said Mr Crain admitted to the assault that happened the night before and said that the reason for his attack on the clerk was that he hated Muslims. Mr Craine faces theft, assault and hate crimes charges.
Malia Lomanic, who leaves near the convenience store, said she was angered with the assault. She told FOX40 that “those guys who work at the 7-Eleven are sweethearts.”
“They’re super nice dudes,” she added.
The Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and local Sikh and Muslim organisations condemned the attack.
“We condemn this attack on an individual because of his faith,” Saad Sweilem, civil rights attorney for group, said in a statement. “This hate crime represents yet another attack on our Sikh brothers and sisters fueled by Islamophobia and those emboldened by this administration’s xenophobic policies and sentiments. We welcome the hate crime charges and encourage law enforcement to continue to take these clear incidents of bias seriously.”
“The Sikhs are American, we’ve been working hard here for over 100 years,” Amar Shergill, a board member of the American Sikh Public Affairs Association, told FOX40. “A hate crime against a Sikh is the same as a hate crime against members of the Jewish or LGBTQ communities.”