New York: A traveler has been indicted on expenses of illegal imprisonment and aggravated harassment, after he went on a racist tirade, yelled threatening slurs and even kicking a Muslim Delta worker within the leg on the at John F. Kennedy Airport.
Robin Rhodes, 57, who was returning in January from a visit to Aruba, additionally faces hate crime expenses, reviews CNN. He was launched on $50,000 bond and ordered to return to court docket in June. He faces as much as 4 years in jail.
Rhodes was ready for a connecting flight to Worcester, Massachusetts, when he entered the Delta Sky Lounge at JFK. He got here as much as the workplace of the worker, who has not been recognized, and stated, "Are you [expletive deleted] sleeping? Are you praying? What are you doing?", stated Queens District Legal professional Richard Brown.
The felony grievance states that Rhodes punched the door, which hit the again of the worker's chair. The worker then requested Rhodes as to what she had achieved to him and he replied, "You did nothing but I am going to kick your [expletive deleted] a**," the grievance stated.
Rhodes then kicked the worker within the leg, after which she tried to get away, however Rhodes endured, kicking the door and moving into her workplace and blocking her from escaping.
One other particular person, additionally not recognized, tried to calm Rhodes and moved him away from the door, whereas the worker ran out of the workplace to the lounge's entrance desk.
Rhodes allegedly adopted the worker, at one level getting down on his knees, bowing down in imitation of a Muslim praying.
He shouted, "[Expletive] Islam, [expletive] ISIS, Trump is here now. He will get rid of all of you. You can ask Germany, Belgium and France about these kind of people. You will see what happens."
In line with the costs, the sufferer suffered substantial ache and redness in her proper leg and was positioned in concern of bodily damage, annoyance and alarm.
Within the wake of the assault, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed the Transportation Employee Safety Act, which might make any assault towards an airport employee a felony, punishable by a most of seven years in jail.