Texas woman arrested for hitting and threatening a group of people for having Indian accents | Texas News | San Antonio
Twitter and Reddit users are in turmoil after a North Texas woman was filmed in a racist tirade, insulting and physically attacking a group of other women for speaking in Indian accents.
In the clip, widely shared online Thursday, a Plano police suspect identified as Esmeralda Upton verbally harasses four women in a parking lot about their country of origin before throwing punches and threatening to shoot the one who films his explosion.
Authorities arrested Upton Thursday afternoon on one charge of bodily assault and another of threatening terrorism, according to a statement from the Plano Police Department. The suspect is currently being held on $10,000 bond and detectives are investigating the incident as a potential hate crime, the department also said, noting that further charges may be forthcoming.
In a Facebook post, alleged victim Rani Banerjee said she and her friends Sabori Saha, Anamika Chatterjee and Bidisha Rudra were leaving the Sixty Vines restaurant in Plano on Wednesday when Upton approached and began hurling insults.
“I hate you fucking Indians,” Upton can be heard telling them in the video. “All these fucking Indians, they come to America because they want a better life. But they obviously don’t live the good life in India.”
In the clip, one of the women targeted in Upton’s tirade asks why she’s harassing them after Upton identifies as Latina. Upton replies that things are different for her because she was born in the United States.
“I’m a Mexican-American! I was born here!” shouts Upton. “Were you born here? I’m a Mexican American, but I speak English.”
English is one of the most widely spoken languages in India. The former British colony is home to some 125 million English speakers.
“Like everywhere I go, fuck you Indians everywhere. If life was so good in India, then why the fuck are you here,” Armendarez-Upton continues in the clip. “I’m Mexican, and I’ve paid my fucking way here.”
After that outburst, the video appears to show Upton punching the person using his phone to film the tirade, dealing multiple blows.
Text embedded in the clip also alleges Upton showed a gun and threatened to shoot someone. No guns are visible in the footage, but near the end, Upton reaches into her purse and says, “You better turn that fucking phone off, or I swear to God, I’m gonna shoot you in the ass.”
Asian immigrants have long been a part of Texas history, with Houston having the third-largest Vietnamese population in the United States and the Dallas suburb of Frisco having one of the largest Asian populations in the state, according to WorldAtlas. com.
Despite this, attacks on Southeast Asians are on the rise across the country, according to a recent report by NPR. Earlier this month, a Midland man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for attacking an Asian family he blamed for the COVID-19 pandemic.
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