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Suspect: ‘Get out of our country’


A woman accused of hurling racial slurs at McDonald’s in Edmonds on Highway 99 was arrested and charged with malicious harassment, according to Edmonds police.

Sgt. Josh McClure said the 59-year-old Edmonds woman was arrested Friday, May 4, after police received a 911 call from a witness.

The suspect reportedly yelled at Edmonds resident Karla Cerbin-Cazarin, who was with family members, that she didn’t belong in the city because she was speaking Spanish. Cerbin-Cazarin speaks both Spanish and English.

A witness reported that the suspect yelled "Get out of our country" and “If you don't speak English, you shouldn't be here."

McClure said the woman left the restaurant and spit into an empty car in the parking lot. It turns out the car did not belong to Cerbin-Cazarin, he added, and that police helped clean the spit out of the car.

Edmonds police traced the license plate of the suspect's car and arrested her in downtown Edmonds shortly after she left the restaurant.

There have been several racial incidents in Edmonds over the past few years.

In August 2014, Dembo Sanneh, an African-American resident in Edmonds, took a walk along Sunset Avenue and the Edmonds waterfront with his family. It was a walk that turned dangerous when a white man yelled racial slurs at his family and threatened to kill them.

That incident led to a forum on race at Edmonds Community College and an organized walk against racism at Brackett’s Landing and in support of Sanneh, who is originally from Gambia.

Then, in April 2017, swastikas were painted on cars and homes in the Westgate and Esperance neighborhoods.

A few months later, Edmonds police arrested a 21-year-old man for vandalizing a vehicle at Westgate Chapel. They had found a swastika spray-painted on the side of a vehicle belonging to a church member.

And, over the summer last year, there were two reports of racially motivated graffiti at Madrona K-8.

On Oct. 26, according to police reports, two African-American construction workers at the Building 10 condos construction site on Pine Street discovered a noose tied over a beam in an area they had access to.

The superintendent and foreman on the work site were fired by the contractor, Seattle-based Venture General Contracting.

On Feb. 5, Edmonds police responded to the Esperance home of two African-American siblings – an 18-year-old man and his 14-year-old sister – who said they were in the parking lot of Harvey’s Lounge and were verbally assaulted by a woman who came out of the bar with a baseball bat, hurling racial slurs their way.

The woman was arrested for malicious mischief but has not been charged.


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