Police are investigating an unprovoked vicious attack on a white couple as a hate crime after they recounted what the attacker yelled at them. The attack on the Uxbridge, Massachusetts, couple happened in Ruther Glen, Virginia, as they were driving home from Florida.
According to the couple, they pulled over to a gas station and were accosted by a black woman who was yelling racial slurs, scratched at them, and then took out a hammer.
“I hear this lady, two pump islands over yelling something about a message. I'm like I don't know who she's talking to,” Bob said to local news station Fox 25. He asked that their last names not be publicized for their security.
The woman then began attacking him.
“A young black woman gets in my face and starts yelling, 'You got a message from me, you got a message for me, with your fancy car, and fancy boat,' ” Bob said. “She's punching at me, she’s spitting. Her hand came up, my glasses go flying, she was starting to scratch the hell out of my face.”
His wife Kathy saw the attack from inside the gas station store, and went to her husband's assistance, only to get attacked herself.
Kathy said she heard the woman yell, "I'm so sick of you white !"
The couple told 6 ABC News that the woman grabbed a hammer and began battering their car and boat, causing extensive damage.
"She called my wife a white (expletive) and spit in her face," Bob recounted. "She said, 'I've got something in my car that I can put a hole in your boat.' I thought it was a gun, but thank God it wasn't. It was a carpenter hammer."
Eventually, the woman drove off, but the couple were able to get a picture of her car. Police later identified her as Angela Jones of Newark, New Jersey, and posted a warrant for her arrest. Police indicated that they are investigating the matter as a hate crime. Jones was arrested Wednesday.