THIBODAUX, LA (NBC33) — A Thibodaux man was arrested for hate crimes after he allegedly attacked a man and made racially charged statements. The victim was reportedly knocked unconscious, received lacerations on his face, and his teeth were damaged.
“It’s not an entirely common charge,” David Melancon, Thibodaux Police Department, said. “You don’t see racially charged crimes very often, and I would say that’s a good thing.”
It all started on Saturday, July 6 at a rented facility located in the 100 block of St. Patrick Street. The suspect, Demond Johnson, 29, is accused of attacking a man and allegedly stole his cell phone.
“He made racially charged statements as soon as he took the victim’s phone,” Melancon explained. “A witness reported that shortly before the incident, he was heard yelling racial remarks on the dance floor. He asked why they were renting a facility from white people.”
Officials say officers witnessed Johnson continue to make additional threats after the incident.
“After he was arrested, officers reported that he continued to make racially charged threats against the victim,” Melancon noted.
Johnson, who is currently on parole, was arrested and charged with Hate Crimes, Second-Degree Robbery, and Second-Degree Battery. He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he is being held on a bond of $35,000.