A traveler at JFK airport is facing hate crime charges after allegedly kicking a Muslim working for Delta airlines and shouting racist slurs at her.
The incident took place at the Delta Sky Lounge at Kennedy Airport Wednesday night.
Robin A. Rhodes, the suspect, was waiting for a connecting flight at the lounge at Terminal 2. He approached an employee in her office, who wears a hijab. According to NBC New York,
“Are you [expletive] sleeping? Are you praying? What are you doing?” Rhodes allegedly said to the employee before punching the door, which hit the back of the employee’s chair.
When the employee asked what she’d done to Rhodes to make him angry, he allegedly responded: “You did nothing, but I am going to kick your [expletive].”
He then kicked her in the right leg, prosecutors said, and when she tried to get away from him by retreating to a corner of the office, he kicked the door, stepped into the office and blocked her from leaving.
When someone else came over to the office to try to calm Rhodes down, he moved away from the door, and the employee ran out of the office to the lounge’s front desk.
But Rhodes still followed her, then got down on his knees and began to bow down, mimicking a Muslim prayer, prosecutors said.
He then allegedly shouted, “[Expletive] Islam, [expletive] ISIS, Trump is here now. He will get rid of all of you. You can ask Germany, Belgium and France about these kinds of people. You will see what happens.”
Robin Rhodes faces up to 4 years in prison for the crimes he’s charged with: hate crime, assault, harassment, unlawful imprisonment and menacing.