A Houston man was charged with a hate crime Wednesday after authorities say he hurled racial slurs before attempting to stab a black man at an apartment complex in northwest Harris County Tuesday.
James Scott Lee, 32, was heard saying, “I hate niggers, and I’m going to kill me one today,” before pulling out a knife, prosecutors say. Fortunately, according to The Root, the unidentified victim was able to escape by jumping into a car and locking the door.
Lee also had a pair of brass knuckles when he was arrested.
His charges include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, with a hate crime enhancement. The district attorney’s office called Lee an imminent threat, asking the judge to make his bond $250,000.
Prosecutors said that Lee is either mentally ill or has a deep-seated hatred toward African Americans.
Lee could face 5 years to life in prison if he is convicted of the crimes. Without the hate crime enhancement he would be facing 2-20 years.
“It’s shocking, even though things are happening like that lately, it still shocks that people would want to do this,” resident Steven Maiden said of the incident.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)