Two transients who tried to bum free cigarettes from a south Everett smoke shop were arrested Wednesday after they reportedly made racist comments.
The store owner declined to give the man and woman, both 25, free cigarettes when they approached his store around 6:40 p.m. in the 500 block of 128th Street SW, according to a police report.
The man who asked for cigarettes became angry and confrontational, the report said. When the store owner tried to call police, the pair allegedly chased him. They broke a $600 display case, threatened the store owner’s life and called him a terrorist and other racial slurs, apparently connected to the store owner’s Middle Eastern appearance.
The male suspect was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of second-degree burglary and malicious harassment, the state’s hate crime law. The woman was jailed for investigation of malicious harassment.