Man attacks store clerk, says he doesn't like Arabs

Posted at 7:52 AM, Apr 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-21 07:52:00-04

STUART, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a man is facing a hate crime charge after he told them he attacked a convenience store clerk because he doesn't like Arabs.

Martin County Sheriff's officials say 33-year-old Jeremiah Hendrix confessed to the attack and did it solely because he doesn't like Arabs. Authorities said Hendrix was paying for his items at a dollar store on Wednesday and became angry at the amount of taxes on his bill, allegedly accusing the clerk of robbing him and threatening to get him later.

Sheriff's officials said Hendrix returned a few hours later and slashed the clerk on the arm with a knife.

The Palm Beach Post reports Hendrix was arrested coming out of a nearby wooded area.

He's also being charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.