News Prosecutors File Hate Crime Charges In Election Night Attack
posted by November 7 at 15:10 PMon
King County Prosecutors have rush-filed hate crime charges against a California man for assaulting a cab driver on election night.
Around 11 pm on November 4th, just hours after Seattle residents took to the streets to celebrate Obama’s big win, prosecutors say Danny Rube Fields climbed into a cab outside of the Boxcar Ale House in Interbay and told the driver to head to Ballard.
Minutes into the cab ride, court documents say Fields began shouting “bullshit, idiot, you don’t belong in this country. This is not your country” at the cab driver. Records do not indicate the race or the national origin of the cab driver.
As the cab crossed the Ballard Bridge, court records say Fields screamed “go back to your fucking country, you idiot” and began punching the driver in the back of the head.
“We were on the bridge. I was scared he might have a knife or a gun. I was driving, I was afraid, I told him to please stop,” the cabbie later told police.
The driver pulled into a Safeway parking lot and called police to report the assault. Coincidentally, police also received an anonymous call from another man who told police he was in the Safeway parking lot and claimed cab driver was threatening to shoot him.
Police arrived and questioned the driver and Fields. Fields denied making the call and no gun was found in the cab.
The cabbie told officers he would be willing to ignore the assault if Fields paid his fare. Instead of handing over the fare, Fields began screaming “I’m not paying that prick a fucking dime.”
Police arrested Fields and took him to the North Precinct. On the way, Fields told officers “Yeah, you like helping that nigger. I’m an American.”