A Florida man is facing charges after he allegedly shouted racial slurs at two women and spit in one’s face. According to WINK News, the incident took place when the man, identified as Donald Mueller, pulled over his car to confront the women as they were picking mangoes.
“When he screamed at me ‘Black lives don’t matter,’ I was beyond myself,” said Leiya R. “And then physically spit in my face.”
According to Mueller’s attorney, the women “were there without the permission of the homeowners who are friends with my client, and were stealing mangoes from their tree.” The property owner later told police that the women did not have permission to pick the mangoes. But Mueller apparently initially thought the women were picking the mangoes off his property.
The incident was captured on video.
Mueller faces charges of burglary and battery as well as a hate crime charge, and has been released on a $2,000 bond.
Watch WINK’s report on the story below:
[A previous version of this article stated that the women had permission from the property owner to pick the mangoes. The article has been updated to reflect that the property owner stated that the women did not have permission.]