JeffCo DA information hate-crime prices in opposition to man accused of driving over Sikh enterprise proprietor


First Judicial District Lawyer Pete Weir on Tuesday filed a hate-crime cost in opposition to a person accused of yelling “return to your nation” to a Sikh enterprise proprietor in April earlier than allegedly working him over in his automotive, the district lawyer’s workplace stated in a information launch.
First Judicial District Lawyer's OfficeEric Breeman
Eric Breeman, 36, already confronted 16 counts, together with tried homicide, in reference to the April 29 incident at Two Angels liquor retailer in Lakewood.
Breeman got here into the shop that evening and began knocking over gadgets, earlier than telling Lakhwant Singh, the liquor retailer proprietor, to “return to your nation,”  members of the family and an arrest affidavit stated. When Singh walked exterior to get the license plate quantity, Breeman allegedly ran him over along with his automotive. Singh sustained a number of damaged bones, together with a spinal fracture and inner bleeding. Singh was hospitalized till lately and investigators had been lastly capable of interview him in particular person, the information launch stated.
In consequence, the DA’s workplace elected to file the extra felony bias-motivated crime cost.
After the assault the Sikh neighborhood despatched letters and petitions from throughout the nation to the district lawyer’s workplace, demanding Weir file hate-crime prices.
Information of the brand new cost got here as a victory to Kanwarbir Singh Sandhu, Gurdwara President at Colorado Singh Sabha.
Many Sikh neighborhood members personal liquor shops and comfort shops like Singh, Singh Sandu stated.
“They had been so scared to go to work and so they had a worry of their coronary heart,” he stated. “Now I believe they’re going to be slightly extra comfy.”
All through the pandemic, the Sikh neighborhood has gone out of its approach to donate hundreds of masks, meals to frontline staff and extra. However nonetheless some face situations of bullying or worse, Singh Sandhu stated. He condemned Breemen’s actions and thanked the district lawyer for the brand new cost.
“What occurred to Lakhwant, we don’t wish to see that occur to anyone in the neighborhood,” he stated. “Not solely Sikhs, not solely Christians, we don’t need that to occur to anybody.”
Breemen is being held on the Jefferson County jail on $50,000 bail. His preliminary listening to is scheduled for Friday.


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