As mentioned on this blog last October, a man in Washington State was arrested after viciously assaulting a Sikh taxi driver in what was thought to be a hate-based crime:
Jamie W. Larson attacked the cab driver during an Oct. 17 ride after commenting on the man’s turban. According to charging documents, Larson, 48, tore out chunks of the man’s beard during the assault, which also loosened one of the driver’s teeth.
Initially to face state hate crime charges, the US Department of Justice announced yesterday that a grand jury has indicted Jamie Larson on a federal hate crime charge, which carries with it a maximum 10-year sentence.
The indictment alleges that on Oct. 17, 2012, the subject assaulted the victim, based upon the victim’s actual and perceived race, color and national origin, which included Middle Eastern and Arab descent.
The October attack on the Sikh taxi driver in Federal Way, Washington, was described as “savage” and began when the driver picked Larson up as a fare, and did not stop even after police arrived, as “Larson continued making bigoted comments about the driver, an immigrant from India. According to police, Larson referred to him derisively as Iranian and Iraqi, and used several anti-Arab slurs before also using an anti-gay slur.”