VANCOUVER: A 49-year-old white man, who physically assaulted a Sikh cab driver and called him a `towel head’ and an `Iranian’ because of his turban in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, faces indictment for a hate crime.
The 50-year-old Sikh cab driver was assaulted by Jamie Larson when he went drop him at his home in Federal Way in October. The police had requested the Sikh man to drive Larson home when they found him in drunken state at a Fred Meyer store.
As the Sikh cabbie was driving the drunken white man to his home, Larson got abusive and told him that he should not have come to America.
And when the Sikh cab driver finally dropped him at his place, Larson used racist comments against the driver. Then he assaulted the Sikh man, punching him in the face, stomping on him and pulling out hair from his beard.
The Sikh cab driver was in a dazed state when the police came on the scene. As the cops handcuffed Larson, the white racist called the drive a `towel head’, an `Iran’ and an `Iraqi rag head.’
According to cops, Larson was saying, “We have Americans fighting overseas, and why doesn’t he (the Sikh driver) go back…’’
King County Superior Court charged Larson with harassing the Sikh cab driver on the basis of his religion and ethnicity under state hate crime laws. But prosecutors this week dismissed these light charges and brought his crime under purview of federal law which is much stricter on hate crimes.
Larson, who appeared in federal court, could now face up to 10 years in jail if convicted under federal laws.