Seattle police: Woman hit man in head with bucket 'because she hates black people'

Seattle Police (KOMO Photo)

SEATTLE - Police arrested a 25-year-old woman Sunday on suspicion of a hate crime after she smacked a man in the face with a bucket in Pioneer Square.

Police responded to an assault call about 12:34 p.m. in the 300 block of Second Avenue Extension South, across the street from the Union Gospel Mission, according to the incident report.

Officers found a 52-year-old man with a split lip and blood on his shirt, holding a cloth to his mouth.

He pointed to the 25-year-old woman and claimed she hit him with a bucket. He claimed he was seated in his car with the window down when a woman he'd never met approached him and struck him in the face with the bucket once. The sharp edge of the bucket tore his lip open, reports say.

The woman sat nearby on the sidewalk with the bucket, which had blood on its edge, Seattle police reported.

As police detained her, she allegedly admitted to striking the man and said she did so "because she hates black people."

Cops arrested her and booked her into King County Jail for investigation of malicious harassment, Washington's hate crime statute. She remains held on $1,000 bail.

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