SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A man was arrested Thursday on hate crime charges after breaking windows at an Old Sacramento business, the Sacramento Police Department said.
Blossom Bathhouse owner Jazmine Bonnett said she was still shaken Friday by an attack on her and her business.
“I was going to pay my meter, here in Old Sac. As I’m walking to pay my meter, I overhear a transient like talking to himself,” Brown told FOX40.
That’s when Bonnett said the man started to yell racial slurs.
“So I’m like, ‘OK, I’m the only Black person here on the boardwalk, so I do know you’re talking to me. But I’m going to ignore you,’” she said.
Bonnett rushed back into her store and locked the door, but the man followed her.
“He starts pulling on the door and telling me that he wants to buy a T-shirt from me,” she said. “I don’t sell T-shirts.”
Bonnett said when she refused to let him inside, he kicked out her front door windows.
“I saw the crazy in his eyes and the hatred in his eyes, and as he’s calling me out of my name and asking me if I’m scared, ‘You scared now?’ And all this like it was pretty much out of a movie,” she told FOX40.
Next door, at Old Sac Shirts & Gifts, own Muhammad Asif ran out to see what the commotion was all about.
“And I saw the guy was running down to this side,” Asif said.
Bonnett called 911 as the man ran off.
Soon, officers arrested the man at a nearby bar. Police said he admitted to using methamphetamine
Following the incident, Bonnett posted to Facebook, “Today I became truly American. Unfortunately, I was the victim of a hate crime. I was attacked at my shop, Blossom Bathhouse, in Old Sacramento. My store was vandalized and I was called a “Black N—– B—-“. I am a little shaken up and in shock.”
Some of the broken glass landed inside Bonnett’s store, forcing her to throw out some of her merchandise.
“I take pride in the ingredients of all of my products, and glass not being one of them,” Bonnet said.
While she said she feels she was targeted because of her race, Bonnett told FOX40 she will not let this encounter deter her from running her business.
“I’m still going to be my loving, caring self. Security-wise, I have a lot of family members that are saying they’re coming in and popping in,” she said. “It’s not going to stop my show.”
Bonnett and other store owners said the incident should not discourage people from visiting and shopping in Old Sacramento, and that it’s typically very safe.
A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help pay for damages and loss of inventory.