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Category: Hate crimes


Man pleads guilty in hate-based attack on Sikh taxi driver in Federal Way

A 49-year-old man pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal hate crime for attacking a Sikh taxi driver in Federal Way last year.

Jamie Larson faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison when sentenced Nov. 5, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle reported.

Federal prosecutors said Larson caught a cab to Federal Way in October and attacked the driver when they arrived at his destination, pulling the driver’s beard, hitting and stomping him, all while yelling racial slurs.

The victim suffered back, shoulder and kidney injuries and was hospitalized for a week, prosecutors said.

“Acts of hate, such as

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Man, 71, charged with assault after allegedly clubbing woman in road-rage incident

Pierce County prosecutors today charged a 71-year-old man with second-degree assault and malicious harassment for allegedly hitting a woman with a steering-wheel locking device following what is being described as a road-rage incident with gay-bashing overtones.

William Zesbaugh pleaded not guilty. He was ordered jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail.

The incident occurred about noon Monday, prosecutors said.

Zesbaugh was driving north on Pearl Street in Tacoma near the state ferry terminal when the woman apparently cut him off in traffic. Zesbaugh then followed her car very closely while honking his horn, court records show. Zesbaugh’s car collided with the

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Police say they’re investigating possible Christmas Eve hate crime at Tacoma church

Tacoma police say they are investigating a possible hate crime that occurred overnight at a church in the 5500 block of North 44th Street.

Six windows were broken and possible  hate-related paperwork was left at the scene, officers said, and a suspect was seen fleeing.

The church has a court order against a suspect who has vandalized the building several times, according to police, and the suspect was seen heading in the direction of the person’s house nearby.

Officers were not able to locate the suspect.

Department hate crime procedures were followed and the investigation is ongoing, police said.


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Man punched in possible hate crime, Tacoma police report

Tacoma police were investigating a possible hate crime Tuesday night.

The victim, described as a male prostitute, told officers he was in the 2300 block of Tacoma Avenue South and conversing with another person.

The other person’s “pimp” turned around and yelled at the victim. The “pimp” called the victim a derogatory name and punched him in the face, Tacoma police reported.

The victim suffered minor physical injuries. No arrest was reported.


Buford Furrow back in the news

Before there was Naveed Haq, there was Buford Furrow.

The careful reader will recall Furrow, a former Washington state resident with ties to the Tacoma area, for his 1999 rampage at a Jewish day-care center in the Los Angeles area.


His connections to the Evergreen State include:

&bull His parents live or lived in Nisqually.

&bull He bought the van used in his crime at a car lot on South Tacoma Way.

&bull He once worked in the Eastern Washington town of Colville.

Well, Buford, pictured

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