DALY CITY (CBS SF) – A man has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly threatening an Asian American postal worker who was delivering mail in Daly City last week.
According to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, the postal worker was outside his United States Postal Service truck on June 5 when he was approached by the suspect.READ MORE: Downsized But Not Out, Dreamforce Conference Set to Boost Business in San Francisco
Prosecutors said the suspect looked at the postal worker and said, “F–k you, I’m going to kill you, you f—king Asian.” The suspect then rummaged through the victim’s mail bag.
The postal worker then ran to the mail truck and locked himself in, according to the DA’s office. He was then followed by the suspect, who began to scream at him. Afterwards, the victim called 911 and left the area.READ MORE: Flames Reach Ancient Sequoias; Crews in Pitched Battle to Save Giant Forest Grove
Police found the suspect a short time later, according to prosecutors. No additional details about the incident were immediately available.
The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Lamont Demetrius West Verdon of Oakland, was booked on suspicion of a hate crime, making criminal threats and possession of a controlled substance.
Verdon pleaded not guilty to all charges at a preliminary hearing on Monday, prosecutors said. He was also issued a protective order not to contact the victim.MORE NEWS: PG&E Says Light Rain After Long Drought Led to Lights-Out Across Bay Area
As of Tuesday, Verdon is being held at the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City on $1,000 bail. His next scheduled court appearance is on June 17.