A 43-year-old white man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a Sikh clerk in his 20s at a 7-Eleven in Marysville, Sacramento. Surveillance video captured the assault by John Crain which took place on Wednesday around 2 am, reports the Sacramento Bee. In the video, the suspect is seen throwing coffee at the employee and punching him in the face before taking off.
The unnamed victim told the Marysville police that the suspect made himself a cup of coffee and tried to leave without paying. In the video, the victim is seen confronting the suspect before being assaulted. The victim hurls a shopping basket at the suspect as he flees. The victim sustained injuries to the face mostly from the hot coffee and a contusion from the punch.
According to Yahoo, the suspect was found later on that day when the police responded to another assault at the same store. Police identified John Crain who was seen walking away from the 7-Eleven. According to the Sacramento Bee, John Crain admitted to assaulting the Sikh employee and told them he hated Muslims during the investigation. Although the victim was a Sikh, Crain believed that the victim was Muslim at the time of the assault. Police charged Crain with assault, theft, and a hate crime. Crain is now at Yuba County Jail.
According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations(CAIR), civil rights attorney, Saad Sweilem said, “We condemn this attack on an individual because of his faith. 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.”
There has been an uptick against Sikh crimes recently even though this has been a case of mistaken identity. The victim is expected to make a full recovery.