Prosecutors say a 35-year-old homeless black man held a white man at gunpoint and demanded he apologize “for all the things white people did to black people” in the Seattle area Sunday, August 11.
The victim said he was “scared out of [his] mind” and offered the man — who has now identified as Chikwanha E. Nyashanu — his wallet. But Nyashanu wasn’t interested in the wallet, the victim said. He only wanted the apology.
And he got it. The victim said he “apologized profusely,” at which point the man “pulled the gun away from the victim’s head and walked away,” in the words of KOMO News.
KOMO News continues:
Officers found Nyashanu nearby and tazed him after he refused orders to get on the ground, according to probable cause documents. Officers reportedly found his gun loaded and additional ammo in his backpack.
Nyashanu, who denies having substance abuse or mental health issues, was arrested and booked into King County Jail, according to the documents.
The victim told officers he believes he was targeted because he was the only white person walking in the area, and Nyashanu would have demanded an apology from someone else if he hadn’t been there.
Regardless, the victim told officers he doesn’t think the crime was racially motivated. But, officers could find no other evidence for the attack and believe the victim was threatened based on his perceived race and color. [Emphasis added]
Local media indicates Nyashanu has been charged with malicious harassment and second-degree assault.
He was ordered held on $500,000 bail on Thursday, two days after King County District Court Judge Arthur R. Chapman deemed a danger to the community and called his actions “inexplicable.”
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