Attack On Boy Operating Lemonade Stand Investigated As Possible Hate Crime

Source: Justin Jouvenal / The Washington Post

A 12-year-old boy and a sibling had set up the a lemonade stand in the courtyard of the Camden Monument Place Apartments in the 12000 block of Monument Drive in Fairfax County on July 6 when a person wearing a full-body leotard decorated with a design of the internal human anatomy exited one of the complex’s buildings about 6:30 p.m., the warrant said. The outfit concealed the person’s identity.

 The person approached the stand holding a red balloon, prompting the 12-year-old to say “do not throw that at me,” according to the warrant.

The person then threw the balloon at the boy, hitting him in the thigh, the search warrant said. The person then retreated back into the same building he left. The boy told investigators he smelled of urine after the attack.

A few minutes later, the boy said he heard a male voice coming from the second or third floor of the same building, yelling, “Go back to Africa you [expletives]! It was only piss.”

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