Felony Charge Stands In Attack At Coon Rapids Applebee’s
ANOKA (AP) - Anoka County prosecutors won't change a felony assault charge against a woman accused of attacking a restaurant patron because she wasn't speaking English.
Jodie Burchard-Risch was charged with third-degree assault following an attack on Asma Jama at an Applebee's restaurant in Coon Rapids Oct. 30.
The Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations pushed for hate crime charges against Jama's attacker. But prosecutor Paul Young says a bias assault charge is a gross misdemeanor under state law. Young says that charge isn't strong enough in this case.
A criminal complaint says Burchard-Risch was in a nearby booth and became upset that Jama was speaking Swahili. The complaint says the woman began yelling at Jama, threw a drink on her and smashed a beer mug across her face, causing significant injuries.