Marysville police investigating assault as possible hate crime

The Marysville Police Department is investigating an assault on a store clerk as a possible hate crime.

Posted: Feb. 15, 2019 4:44 PM

MARYSVILLE, Calif. - The Marysville Police Department is investigating an assault on a store clerk as a possible hate crime.

The department received a report of an assault at a store located at 428 9th Street on Feb. 13 around 1:56 a.m. 

The victim, who was the store clerk, told officers that a white male entered the store, prepared a cup of coffee and tried to leave without paying for it. When confronted, the suspect threw the hot coffee at the victim and then punched him in the face. 

The suspect, later identified as John Crain, a transient of the Marysville area, left the store and fled from the area. 

The victim sustained burn injuries from the coffee and a contusion to his face from the punch. 

Officers obtained video surveillance of the incident. 

Then, officers were dispatched once again to the 428 9th Street location due to reports of an assault, this time around 12:30 p.m. 

Officers came in contact with Crain who admitted to assaulting the clerk the previous night with coffee. During the investigation, Crain stated that he hated Muslims and he assaulted the clerk because he was Muslim. 

Crain was booked into Yuba County Jail for theft, assault and hate crime charges. 

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