Authorities charged a Massachusetts man with hate crimes Thursday after he allegedly kicked a hijab-wearing employee at JFK Airport and shouted “Trump is here now … he will get rid of all of you!”
57-year-old Robin A. Rhodes of Worcester, Massachusetts, was at JFK Wednesday awaiting a connecting flight, according to a press release from Queens County District Attorney Richard A. Brown. Between 7:10 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., Rhodes accosted Rabeeya Kahn as she sat in her office in the Delta Air Lines Sky Club lounge.
“Are you [expletive] sleeping? Are you praying? What are you doing?” Rhodes said. He then allegedly punched the door, which hit the back of Kahn’s chair.
Kahn asked Rhodes what she had done to him and he responded, “You did nothing but I am going to kick your [expletive] ass,” before kicking her in the leg.
When she tried to leave the office, Rhodes allegedly kicked the door again and blocked her from leaving.
Someone eventually intervened, allowing Kahn to leave the office as she ran to the front desk.
Rhodes then followed her and got down on his knees and began mocking Muslim prayer and shouted:
“[Expletive] Islam, [Expletive] ISIS, Trump is here now. He will get rid of all of you. You can ask Germany, Belgium and France about these kind of people. You will see what happens."
Rhodes has been charged with third-degree assault, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree menacing, first-degree harassment, all with hate crime specifications.
If convicted, Rhodes faces up to four years in prison. Read more
assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened
fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations
Saturday, killing at least 35 people and wounding 40 others in what the
province’s governor described as a terror attack.
Vasip Sahin said the attacker, armed with a long-barreled weapon,
killed a policeman and a civilian outside the club before entering and
firing on people partying inside. He did not say who may have carried
out the attack. “Unfortunately (he) rained bullets in a very cruel
and merciless way on innocent people who were there to celebrate New
Year’s and have fun,” Sahin told reporters. (AP)
(Photos: IHA via AP, Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images, AP)
A man on a moped yelled, “Are you alright, darling?” at Pagan-Lilley Motlagh-Phillips, as she was walking home in London. When she didn’t respond, the man pulled up and “aggressively” demanded an answer. After she again refused, the man threatened to retaliate. And he did — by running her over.
Motlagh-Phillips said she lost consciousness and later woke up in the hospital, where she was diagnosed with internal bruising and had to leave on crutches. The police added insult to injury. After dealing with one officer’s indifference, she sent an email. His boss was even worse.
As Gothamist reported, an argument between diners at Bar Tabac, a French restaurant in Brooklyn, ended in assault at around 6:50 p.m. on Saturday. Two women discussing politics apparently caught the ear of two Trump supporters at a neighboring table. After being reseated, one of the men punched the woman in the face. The men got away — but the restaurant issued a firm statement.