Clerk accused of yelling slurs, threatening men with knife
Ranferi Basilo, 32, has been charged with a hate crime for yelling slurs and threatening four men with a knife before slashing a vehicle’s tires Thursday night in west suburban
At 10:24 p.m. Thursday, the four victims, a Hispanic man and three AfricanAmerican men, walked into the convenience store where Basilo was working as a clerk on Westmore Street in Lombard, according to the state’s attorney’s office. While they were in the store, Basilo allegedly yelled racial slurs at the men.
The victims then decided to leave the store, at which point Basilo followed them outside, pulled out a “long-bladed knife” and continued to yell slurs at them, prosecutors said. As the victims ran away, leaving their car in the lot, Basilo yelled that he was going to slash all four tires.
He then proceeded to slash the tires before Lombard police arrived and took him into custody, prosecutors said.