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    Woman arrested after racist rant, assault in restaurant lot

    PLANO, TEXAS (AP) – A woman has been arrested and faces a hate crime charge after she was captured on video in a racist rant and assault on South Asian women in a Dallas parking lot, officials said on Thursday.

    Plano police said Esmeralda Upton, 58, of Plano, was arrested and charged with misdemeanour assault and terroristic threat charges. She remained in city jail on Thursday with bond set at USD10,000.

    The statement said the incident also was being investigated as a hate crime. The incident happened on Wednesday night outside a Plano restaurant.

    A widely-circulated video recorded by women of Indian descent showed Upton unleashing a profanity-laced rant on them, challenging their presence in the United States, threatening to shoot them and physically assaulting the woman shooting the video.

     

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