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Man Faces Hate Crime Charges After TikTok Video

Police say he berated two Asian diners at an In-N-Out burger in California

(Newser) - Police in California say a man confronted two Asian diners at an In-N-Out burger and a made a series of homophobic and ethnic statements that amount to hate crimes. The suspect's bad luck: The college-age diners were actually making a TikTok video at the time, reports CBS News . After...

Club Q Suspect Slammed With 305 Criminal Counts

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, faces murder, hate crime charges after Colorado Springs shooting

(Newser) - The suspect accused of entering a Colorado gay nightclub clad in body armor and opening fire with an AR-15-style rifle, killing five people and wounding at least 17 others, was charged by prosecutors Tuesday with 305 criminal counts, including hate crimes and murder. Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, sat upright in...

Suspect in Nightclub Attack Faces Murder, Bias Charges

Anderson Lee Aldrich isn't talking, Colorado Springs police say

(Newser) - The suspect in the mass shooting at a Colorado Springs nightclub over the weekend has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of bias-motivated crime, court records show. A judge granted a prosecution request on Monday to seal the arrest warrant, NBC News reports. Were the...

Cops: Man Said Neighbors Didn't 'Deserve Cable,' Cut Their Line

Shannon Pearson charged with hate crime after accusing pair of being undocumented immigrants

(Newser) - A Wisconsin man has been arrested for a hate crime after police say he snipped his neighbors' internet cable because he erroneously thought they were undocumented immigrants and didn't "deserve cable." According to a criminal complaint cited by NBC News and WQOW , 48-year-old Shannon Pearson called the...

Mississippi Man Charged With Hate Crime in Cross Burning

Feds say Axel Cox was trying to intimidate his Black neighbors

(Newser) - A Mississippi man has been charged with a federal hate crime for burning a cross in his front yard to threaten his Black neighbors, the US Justice Department announced Friday. Axel Cox, 23, has been charged with one count of criminal interference with the right to fair housing and one...

Man Who Attacked Asian Family in Sam's Club Gets 25 Years

Jose Gomez III said his victims were 'from the country who started spreading that disease around'

(Newser) - A Texas man has been sentenced to 25 years behind bars on hate crime charges after attacking an Asian family in a Midland Sam's Club at the start of the pandemic. The Washington Post reports that 21-year-old Jose Gomez, who pleaded guilty in February to those charges, heard his...

Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Rep. Jayapal Gets Out of Jail
Seattle Man Charged With
Stalking Congresswoman
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Seattle Man Charged With Stalking Congresswoman

Neighbors said he shouted threats outside home of Rep. Pramila Jayapal

(Newser) - Update: A Seattle man who was arrested, then released, after allegedly threatening to kill Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal earlier this month has been charged with felony stalking. Prosecutors said Brett Forsell, 49, was charged after new evidence emerged, Fox reports. After his July 9 arrest, authorities said there wasn't...

Victim: Family Attacked Me Over Belief I Turned Son Gay

4 Makarenko family members now charged with hate crime in Florida

(Newser) - A man permanently blinded and almost killed in an alleged hate crime in Florida says he was attacked by his boyfriend's family, who he says believed he had turned their son gay. The 31-year-old victim told Broward County Sheriff's deputies that his boyfriend of nine months, 21-year-old Oleh...

Parents, Son Charged in Attack That Blinded Gay Man

All 3 are facing hate crime charges in Florida

(Newser) - Three family members in Florida—and possibly a fourth—are facing potential life sentences over an attack that left a gay man permanently blind. Broward County prosecutors say parents Inna Makarenko, 44, and Yevhen Makarenko, 43, are facing hate crime charges over the Aug. 6, 2021, attack, as is son...

Woman Who Falsely Accused Black Teen Reaches Plea Deal

Miya Ponsetto has pleaded guilty to NYC crime

(Newser) - A woman who attacked a Black teenager in New York City after falsely accusing him of stealing her iPhone has reached a deal that will keep her out of prison—if she stays out of trouble. Under a plea deal announced Monday, Miya Ponsetto, who was seen on camera shouting...

Accused of Punching Women, He Now Faces Hate Crime Charges

Steven Zajonc, 28, was arrested last month in NYC for apparently unprovoked attacks

(Newser) - A man is facing hate crime charges after allegedly attacking seven Asian women in New York City over three hours. Steven Zajonc, 28, who was arrested last month, is charged with six felony counts of third-degree assault as a hate crime and seven counts of second-degree aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor...

'One of the Most Appalling Attacks I Have Ever Seen'

Cops: 42-year-old man struck an Asian woman more than 100 times in Yonkers, NY

(Newser) - An elderly Asian woman in Westchester County, NY, was brutally beaten in the vestibule of her building last week, and a fellow resident is now in custody. Police say that the 67-year-old victim passed by 42-year-old Tammel Esco as she was walking to her Yonkers home around 6pm on Friday...

FBI Says HBCU Threat Investigation Is of the 'Highest Priority'

Source says agency has identified six 'tech savvy' juveniles as persons of interest

(Newser) - The FBI says its Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating bomb threats to historically Black colleges and universities as hate crimes—and the matter is of the highest priority. Almost 20 institutions across the country received threats Monday and Tuesday, causing some to lock down their campus. A law enforcement...

Man Fired, Charged After Rant in Smoothie Store

Video shows James Iannazzo call one worker an 'immigrant loser'

(Newser) - A Connecticut man who went into a smoothie store to complain went so far over the line that he lost his job and is facing criminal charges—including a felony. Police in Fairfield say James Iannazzo, 48, was arrested after workers at a Robeks said he was "throwing things,...

He Plunged From Cliff in 1988. 34 Years Later, an Admission

Australia's Scott White confesses in court to killing American Scott Johnson

(Newser) - Update: An Australian man has admitted to murdering an American mathematician who fell to his death from a cliff in Sydney in 1988, reports the AP . Scott White admitted in court that he killed Scott Johnson, whose death was initially ruled a suicide. The 27-year-old Johnson was gay, and prosecutors...

Student Sentenced for Ad Offering Black Teen as 'Slave'

Illinois teen ordered to serve 2 years of probation, 100 hours of community service

(Newser) - An Illinois teenager who was charged with a hate crime two years ago over a Craiglist ad offering to sell a Black classmate as a slave has been sentenced to two years of probation, and authorities say they hope it will help him "mature into a productive member of...

Professor Allegedly Spat on Black Woman, Yelled Slurs

Alberto Friedmann faces hate crime charge

(Newser) - A college professor in Illinois has been charged with a hate crime in connection with a confrontation outside a grocery store in a Chicago suburb earlier this month. Alberto Friedmann, 53, allegedly spat on a Black woman and yelled racial slurs at the woman and her 7-year-old daughter in a...

Bank Manager: Customer 'Ambushed' Me Over Mask

Hispanic Army vet says customer at Wells Fargo hurled racial slur, beat him in parking lot

(Newser) - The heated climate over mask mandates kicked up a notch at a Wells Fargo branch earlier this month, when a California bank manager says he was ambushed and beaten by a customer who didn't want to comply with the bank's mask rules. The bank manager, IDed only as...

Woman Sentenced for 'Devastating' Hate Crimes Against 2 Kids

Nicole Poole Franklin gets another 25 years behind bars

(Newser) - In May, a Des Moines woman received 25 years behind bars for state charges of attempted murder. She just got 25 more, this time thanks to a new sentencing on two federal hate crimes. Iowa's News Now reports that 43-year-old Nicole Poole Franklin, who admitted that in 2019 she...

New Charges in Case of Woman Who Said Teen Stole Phone

Miya Ponsetto allegedly tackled Black 14-year-old

(Newser) - A woman seen on video tackling a Black teenager she had falsely accused of stealing her iPhone has now been charged with a felony hate crime in addition to other charges relating to the Dec. 26 confrontation at a New York City hotel. California resident Miya Ponsetto, 22, has been...

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