A white Minnesota man who accused a teenage girl of making racial slurs at him because of his white supremacist tattoos has been charged with assault, the Post Bulletin reports.
Jamie Lee Chris Schammel, 35, was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and making terrorist threats after the incident, which occurred on September 25. He allegedly approached a 13-year-old girl and her friends on a bicycle as they were having a bonfire at her house, cursing and calling her racial slurs, she told police.
After the girl told him to leave, he threw a bottle at her, continuing to yell racial slurs at the people present. At one point when he was about 20 feet away from the girl, he pulled out a collapsible baton, the Post Bulletin reports. That’s when the girl yelled at her friends to go inside.
Still swearing and calling her racial slurs, the girl said he then pulled a knife on her. She ran and made it to her front steps but at that point Schammel rode away.
When police found Schammel, he told them the girl and her friends were the ones who called him racial slurs because of his white supremacist tattoos, the Post Courier reports. He claims to have pulled out the collapsible baton because people at the house were “reaching for their waistbands.”
If convicted, Schammel faces a maximum of 7 years and $14,000 fine. He has a previous conviction of third-degree murder in 2003 based on his role in a meth lab explosion that killed a person. He also spent time in prison for assaulting his father in 2013.