[UPDATED] Police: West Hartford Man Charged with Hate Crimes Against Muslim Woman

Man arrested Saturday after threatening woman in Walgreens.

[UPDATED 6:30 P.M.]

The Council on American-Islamic Relations today requested involvement of the Federal Government in this incident. An email newsletter sent out by the organization to subscribers Monday afternoon contained a link to this story and similar stories published by other news organizations.

The newsletter stated, "The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is today calling on the FBI to consider federal charges against a Connecticut man who allegedly threatened to assault a Muslim woman in that state because of her religious heritage."



A man who verbally insulted a 55-year-old woman because of her ethnicity and threatened to punch her while she was waiting in line for a prescription at the Walgreen's pharmacy at 324 North Main St. was arrested Saturday evening at his home and charged with hate crimes by West Hartford Police.

Michael John Germain, 68, of 725 Mountain Rd., was observed making "rude, offensive, and obnoxious comments for no reason" to a woman who was waiting in line at the pharmacy, said Lt. Jeff Rose of the West Hartford Police. The incident was reported by a pharmacy employee as well as the victim.

Many of the comments allegedly made by Germain included obsecenities which cannot be printed, Rose said. According to Rose, Germain was also heard saying, "I don't like Muslims ... get the hell out of here," and also threatened to punch her.

The man did not touch the woman, Rose said, but he followed her out to the parking lot, still swearing and yelling to her, and got into his car and drove away before police arrived.

The victim, who according to Rose was "upset and crying," was able to get the man's license plate and he was later arrested at his home on Mountain Rd.

According to police, the woman did not provoke the man in any way.

Germain was charged with second-degree breach of peace, hate crimes, and second-degree threatening. He was released on $10,000 non-surety bond, and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court on Sept. 27.

Popeye Zatar September 18, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Connie Curcio Reder September 18, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Today's update in The Courant quoted this woman as saying she forgives him and hope he gets help. What a lesson there for every one of us! As awful as this incident was, I was gratified to learn that she has lived and worked here for many years and that this was her first experience of this kind of hatred and intolerance.
Janice Scott September 18, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Can't believe there are people like this walking around and thinking they have the right to behave like this. Throw the book at him so the next ignorant racist thinks twice before spreading their hate.
toni from w hart September 18, 2012 at 11:47 PM
better yet, we need to address this man who was obviously distraught to the point of violence. he may have a relative fighting overseas, or even one that passed away. when he is of rational mind, i would like to see him offer her an apology.
Sofie November 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM
It's scary something like this has happened here. The old geezer looks absolutely creepy! Ugh!


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