Black Business Owner in Sacramento Targeted in Racist Hate Crime

Sacramento police are investigating a business break-in as a hate crime after the suspect allegedly went on a racist rant targeting a black business owner Old Sacramento in Old Sacramento.

Jazmine Bonnett was walking to her car to pay the parking meter Thursday afternoon when she said a man started verbally assaulting her.

“Black b-word, n-word, talked about my hair, ‘You black women with your weaves,’ ” she said.

Bonnett owns Blossom Bathhouse in Old Sacramento where she sells bath bombs. While trying to get away from the man, she went back to her store. That’s when she said things escalated.

“We did a tug of war with the door. I locked it and that’s when he just went full throttle,” said Bonnett.

Boarded-up windows show where the man police identified as Ross Wolfer, 55, smashed the glass with his foot and broke into the shop. The flying glass cut Bonnett’s arm in several places as Wolfer continued yelling racial slurs.

“To see the hatred and evil in his eyes as he is kicking a window and pushing in a window to get to me, I kind of thought he might kill me honestly,” she said.

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SOURCE: CBS Sacramento, Velena Jones

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