A Grand Island man has been charged with assault as a hate crime for hitting a woman of Asian descent with a pool cue and hurling racial slurs at her while inside a dive bar last month.
Charles Vacanti, 46, is accused of assaulting an Asian woman in San-Dees Pub in Grand Island, New York,on March 19, according to Sheriff John C. Garcia. Vacanti was arrested on April 20.
Speaking at a press conference last week, Garcia said Vacanti hurled racial slurs at the woman before hitting her with a pool cue.
“They did not know each other,” Garcia stated. “Now how they came about the altercation, that’s something I’d rather not comment on right now. What I could tell you is prior to the defendant striking the victim, he did use some racial slurs and then struck the victim.”
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