A 53-year-old Queens woman has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly throwing a glass bottle at a Black jogger and shouting racial slurs last month, according to Queens County district attorney.
Lorena Delaguna was charged with attempted assault in the second degree as a hate crime and aggravated harassment in the second degree. If convicted, she could be sentenced to seven years in prison.
Last month, a Black woman, Tiffany Johnson, was out for an afternoon jog when Delaguna allegedly threw a glass bottle at her and shouted racial slurs towards her.
“She followed me up the block, was screaming ‘get out of here, go back to Africa…N-word,'” Johnson told ABC New York station WABC.
APPREHENDED!! The perpetrator in this incident has been arrested. https://t.co/cdkStQJd9T
— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) September 21, 2020
“Crimes like this, which are fueled by hate, are in a special category for a reason. No one should have to endure being called a vile slur or being attacked simply because of the color of their skin, their religion, or who they love,” Queens District Attorney Katz said.
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