Missouri men busted after months-long hate crime spree assaulting blacks at bus stops with eggs
Two Missouri men were arrested over the weekend after surveillance video confirmed that they were responsible for throwing eggs at African-Americans waiting at bus stops during a hate crime spree that lasted months.
According to the St. Louis Police Department, David Ragain and Jesse Reed were seen throwing eggs and shouting racial slurs at a black woman waiting at a bus stop on Friday night.
“A white van occupied by two white males approached the bus stop, started yelling offensive, hateful language motivated by race at [a victim],” St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson explained. “Officers were quickly able to work with the real time crime center to identify a van, identify a plate and find the two occupants.”
“These weren’t two white teenagers on a joy ride,” Dotson noted.
Resident Kiekieho Hymm Lotus told KDSK that the racially motivated attacks had been taking place for months.
“The egg hit me in my neck,” Lotus recalled.
Ragain and Reed, who are both 30 years old, were charged with “assault motivated by discrimination.” Bail was set at $20,000.
Police said that they believe other members of the community have been targeted and have asked for victims to come forward.
Watch the video below from KMOV, broadcast June 25, 2016.