Hate Crime Charges Filed In Alleged Attack On Muslim Woman, Child

July 7, 2009

Author: Levi Pulkkinen

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer


Hate crime and assault charges have been filed against an Auburn man accused of threatening to cut a woman and her infant child at a Seattle health center.

According to police statements, Eric Lee Garner, 24, threatened to harm the woman and her 6-month-old son as she waited in line at the Seattle Indian Health Board office on July 1.

Garner, police claim, began yelling at the woman for wearing a headscarf before displaying a sheathed fixed blade knife and threatening to cut her genitals.

"I'm going to cut you and your baby with this knife!" Garner allegedly said. Police say Garner continued to make anti-Muslim remarks throughout the tirade.