Hate crime alleged in attack on Latino man
A 42-year-old Kent man was charged Monday with second-degree assault and malicious harassment for allegedly beating a Latino man last week in what prosecutors allege was a racially motivated attack.
Seattle Times staff reporter
A 42-year-old Kent man was charged Monday with second-degree assault and malicious harassment for allegedly beating a Latino man last week in what prosecutors allege was a racially motivated attack. Kurt Randall Madsen was arrested early Thursday and is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail, according to jail records. He is to be arraigned Oct. 10.
Madsen and the Latino man were drinking together behind the Applebee's restaurant at 25442 104th Ave. S.E. and argued after Madsen began making racial slurs, according to charging documents. A co-worker of the Latino man — both worked in the restaurant — separated the men.
Madsen, who was intoxicated, was denied service in the restaurant and went out to the parking lot, where he confronted the Latino man and accused him of being "an illegal immigrant." Madsen is accused of punching the man repeatedly in the face until he fell to the ground, then straddling the man and slamming his head into some rocks, the papers say.
It took four people to pull Madsen off the man, the papers allege.
Madsen continued shouting racial slurs as he unlocked his bike and began to walk away. The slurs further provoked the alleged victim, who was able to get past his co-worker to approach Madsen.
Madsen swung his bike lock, which was attached to a metal chain, striking the man on the left side of his face and knocking him to the ground, charging papers say.
Madsen repeatedly asked the victim for his "papers," leading the investigating detective to believe "that Madsen's perception of [the alleged victim's] race and citizenship status was a factor" in the attack, according to charging papers. Malicious harassment is the state's hate-crime law.
The victim, whose citizenship status isn't indicated in court papers, suffered significant facial injuries, including a fractured orbital bone, according to charging documents.
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