A Minnesota Applebeeâ€™s restaurant was the setting for a shocking and disturbing incident committed by 43-year-old Jodie Marie Burchard-Risch.
She was eating with her husband at the establishment in Coon Rapids when she heard Asma Mohamed Jama, a Kenyan immigrant, speaking Swahili with her family.
Ms. Buchard-Risch became incensed by this and started yelling at them. Asma then turned to her and said, â€œI live in America. I can speak English, but we prefer to speak our own language. If it bothers you, Iâ€™m sorry.â€
It apparently did bother her, because she then threw her drink on Asma before swinging her now-empty beer mug in what has been described as a â€˜roundhouse punchâ€™ motion into the woman’s face.
She then took off, but a manager was able to keep up with her until police arrived.
Ms. Jama needed 17 stitches in her nose, eyelid and lip from deep lacerations.
Jodie Buchard-Risch, whoâ€™s no stranger to violence â€“ having been convicted of assault in 2011, was charged with third-degree assault, and has a December 7th court date.
According to criminal division chief of the Anoka County attorneyâ€™s office, Paul Young, hate crime charges are a very real possibility.
â€œWe are absolutely considering additional charges and potential factors that can enhance sentencing,â€ he said. â€œWe share everyoneâ€™s concerns. No one should be a crime victim because of language or ethnicity.â€