Couple suspected of racially charged-attack at Mystic hotel arrested in NY
Surveillance video showing a brutal attack on a Groton woman that is believed to have been racially motivated has been released by the woman’s attorney.
From ABC News:
Philip Sarner and Emily Orbay were captured on surveillance video hitting and kicking Crystal Caldwell, a hotel clerk at the Quality Inn in Mystic, Connecticut, on June 26 last year.
Video of the attack appears to show Sarner and Orbay approach Caldwell near an ice machine. Sarner appears to punch Caldwell, shove her to the ground and kick her head. Orbay appears to hit Caldwell’s head.
Caldwell’s attorney, M. John Strafaci, told ABC News the incident took place after the couple complained about an issue with hot water.
They now both face charges of intimidation due to bias and assault in the attack that Caldwell claims was racially motivated.
“During the assault, he was making racial comments and slurs, calling her a monkey,” Strafaci alleged.
On their way into court, a white New York couple arrested on charges of racially assaulting a black hotel clerk started dancing and kissed at Black Lives Matter protesters.
While protesters chanted, ‘Hey hey, ho ho, these racist folks have got to go,’ Philip Sarner started dancing and motioned toward his crotch while Emily Orbay started blowing kisses.
‘He has no remorse. The only thing he’s sorry about is that he was caught,’ Caldwell’s attorney M. John Strafci told ABC after the couple’s messy arrival into Connecticut’s New London Superior Court on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the state’s attorney’s office decided to offer Sarner and Orbay a plea deal.
Sarner would only be sentenced to nine years in prison, suspended after five years served, and three years probation if they plead guilty to all charges, according to ABC.