Hate crime charge filed in Seattle grocery store attack
King County prosecutors have filed hate crime charges against a Seattle man accused of accosting a supermarket clerk.
According to charging documents, Charles Anthel Webb, 42, told a clerk at a Central District Grocery Outlet store he would kill her if she didn’t leave the country.
The cashier, whose name is common to the Middle East and North Africa, was processing Webb’s purchases when he began berating her, a Seattle police detective told the court.
As the Dec. 26 altercation continued, Webb called her several derogatory names, then told her and a customer who’d attempted to intervene to go back to their “own” countries, the detective claimed.
Webb is then alleged to have told the cashier he would “get her” when her shift ended.
“I’m going to get you when you get off,” Webb allegedly said. “Go back to your own country.”
Webb was arrested nearby. According to court documents, he claimed to have been threatened with a box cutter at the store.
Charged with malicious harassment, Webb remains jailed.
The Washington chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations released a statement Wednesday thanking Seattle police for their work in the case.
“We thank the Seattle Police Department for recognizing the seriousness of the apparent bias motive in this case and for bringing appropriate hate crime charges,” said CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari.
Bukhari said he will notify the local FBI office of the incident and ask the agency to investigate as a possible federal hate crime.
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