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Spokane taco truck attack called hate crime

The owner of this  taco truck at Walton Avenue and Division Street was attacked while walking home late on April 1.jesset@spokesman.com (Jesse Tinsley)
The owner of this taco truck at Walton Avenue and Division Street was attacked while walking home late on April 1.jesset@spokesman.com (Jesse Tinsley)

A man accused of trying to rob a Spokane taco truck owner may have targeted the victim because of his race, new court documents allege.

Michael A. Brewer, 22, has been charged under Washington’s hate-crime law after police say he yelled racial slurs while trying to rob Jonas J. Perez-Lopez at knifepoint last week.

Brewer is to be arraigned on charges of attempted first-degree robbery and malicious harassment April 13 in Spokane County Superior Court. He’s being held at Geiger Corrections Center on $7,500 bail after appearing in court this week.

Charging documents filed Monday accused Brewer of targeting Perez-Lopez because of “his perception of the victim’s race, color, (or) national origin.”

Brewer declined an interview request.

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Past coverage: Taco seller escapes knife-wielding robber




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