ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A 60-year-old Florida man arrested after police verbally and physically attacked two Muslim men in front of a St. Augustine McDonald's.
First Coast News and CBS News Report John Jay Smith is accused of getting closer to the couple who lay down on hamburgers in the restaurant's car park early Wednesday and asked if they were "American Boys".
He then allegedly told them to "get out of my country" and "you do not deserve American food." Mohamed Galal and Zeyad Said told the sheriff's deputies of St. Johns County County that Smith had a knife and that they retreated into their car when Smith returned to his home. But he was soon back, they said, this time with a stun pistol, and they said he reached into their car to stun one of them.
The driver of the car accidentally reacted to a pole, which easily damages the vehicle. Galal and Said tell News4Jax that they are Muslim exchange students from Egypt.
MPs say they took Smith a knife and stun pistol and repeatedly said in detention, "They killed my son" (he told them about his son) a US Navy had been killed in Afghanistan); it has not yet been confirmed that he had a son who was killed overseas.
Smith also accused the students of "making a ruckus" and pulling a gun at him; Deputies did not find a gun. An on-duty McDonald's manager said she was a witness and supported the story of the men.
The MP who completed the police report also noted that Smith's breath smelled of alcohol.
Smith is charged with assault, trespass and burglary. and hate crimes charges can also follow after the prosecutor reviews the case. (A man from Florida tried to burn down a shop he considered Muslim, which he was not.)
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