Eagle couple complains of ethnic intimidation | VailDaily.com

Eagle couple complains of ethnic intimidation

Vail Daily staff report
Eagle, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado –An Eagle, Colorado man contacted police last week after a verbal altercation that began while he and his wife were in line at City Market.

According to the police report, the Latino man and his wife were in the checkout lane when an older, Caucasian man in line behind him began loudly complaining about the wait. Store employees responded and took him ahead to check out. However, the older customer saw that the couple was using government assistance program coupons to purchase supplies, the report said.

When the couple exited the store they again passed the man who verbally accosted them, making comments about how his taxes footed the bill for their groceries, according to the report. The couple ignored his comments and he followed them to the parking lot, continuing to make comments and obscene gestures. The husband ultimately returned an obscene gesture before driving away.

The couple then drove home and were unloading the car when a vehicle driven by the man pulled down their street, according to the report. He proceed to yell ethnic slurs and make vague threats, said the police report.

The couple said they had never seen the man before the encounter at the grocery store and did not know his name. However, they indicated they would press charges if police uncovered his identity.

Eagle police contacted City Market officials to obtain a copy of video footage of the incident.

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