Man charged with hate crime
Defendant allegedly slashed Good Samaritan’s tire
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.