Man charged with hate crime

De­fen­dant al­legedly slashed Good Sa­mar­i­tan’s tire

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A Louisiana man slashed a tire dur­ing a racially charged ar­gu­ment with a Good Sa­mar­i­tan who had stopped to help the de­fen­dant’s friend in a Newark park­ing lot, po­lice said.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened around 11 p.m. Monday out­side the Exxon gas sta­tion on South Col­lege Av­enue, ac­cord­ing to Lt. Fred Nel­son, a spokesman for the Newark Po­lice De­part­ment.

The de­fen­dant was iden­ti­fied as Christo­pher H. Thorn­ton, 45, of Belle Chase, La.

Nel­son said a fe­male friend of Thorn­ton asked the vic­tim for help jump­ing her car, and the vic­tim, a 20-year-old black man, agreed to as­sist.

While the vic­tim was help­ing, Thorn­ton be­gan us­ing racial slurs to­ward him and the two men be­gan to ar­gue, Nel­son said. The vic­tim went in­side the Exxon and when he re­turned, he found that his rear tire had been slashed.

Po­lice searched the car Thorn­ton was in and found the knife they be­lieve he used to slash the tire.

The vic­tim did not know Thorn­ton or the woman, Nel­son said.

Thorn­ton was charged with a hate crime and crim­i­nal mis­chief. He was com­mit­ted to Howard R. Young Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion in lieu of $1,500 cash bond.

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