53-year-old Queens woman who ‘hurled a glass bottle at a black jogger while screaming racial slurs arrested
Lorena Delaguna was arrested Monday on hate crime and harassment charges
Tiffany Johnson, 37, was on a noon day run in the Queens borough of NY faces, on Aug 17, when Delaguna threw the glass bottle at her
All the while Laguna followed the jogger down the block screaming, ‘Get out, Go back to Africa, n****r!,’ repeatedly
A surprised Johnson looked back and asked Laguna, ‘What is your problem?’, before continuing her run without another word
Johnson didn’t know someone was recording the incident and didn’t report the incident
She said she spotted it on social media recently and went to police knowing she had proof
‘It’s a hate crime. It’s not acceptable. She has to be [held] responsible for her behavior,’ Johnson said
Lorena Delaguna of Queens, New York was arrested on Monday on hate crime and harassment charges after she was filmed launching an unprovoked attack at Tiffany Johnson.
Laguna, 53, was arrested by NYPD officers while investigating reports of a woman who filmed throwing a glass bottle at a jogger while she was running and shouting racial abuse at her, telling her to ‘go back to Africa’.
She was arrested on Monday on hate crime and harassment charges after she was filmed launching an unprovoked attack on Tiffany Johnson, a 37-year-old black woman who was jogging in her neighborhood.
53-year-old Lorena Delaguna, of Queens, NY was arrested on Monday on hate crime and harassment charges this video of her launching an unprovoked attack at Tiffany Johnson – caught was posted online. The tape was made by witnesses
Officers detained her at her home and charged her with attempted assault and aggravated assault as a hate crime.
She was taken to Queens Central Booking for arraignment.
The August 17 attack was caught on video. The suspect behind the attack pictured above sipping from a glass bottle at the corner of 53rd Place and Broadway in Woodside, Queens
Johnson was on a run at 53rd Place and Broadway in Woodside, Queens around noon on August 17 when she passed a corner and Delaguna threw a glass bottle at her feet.
She shouted: ‘Get out of here n*****, go back to Africa,’ according to video release by the NYPD on Wednesday.
‘It’s a hate crime. It’s not acceptable. She has to be [held] responsible for her behavior,’ Johnson had previously said.
Initially she thought her assailant thought had mistaken her for someone else, and didn’t think the attack was racially motivated, Johnson said.
But once Laguna started to scream hateful racist-tinged insults at her, she realized the assault was because she is black.
As Johnson approached the corner the suspect suddenly threw the bottle at her feet and yelled ‘Go back to Africa, n****r’, police say.
The woman threw the glass bottle and it shattered on the ground near the jogger’s foot.
The suspect then repeatedly screamed ‘Get out, Go back to Africa, n****r!’. Johnson looked back and said, ‘What is your problem?’ before continuing her run .
Johnson wasn’t injured and continued to jog away, but she said even after the camera stopped rolling, the suspect was relentless.
“She followed me up the block, was screaming ‘get out of here, go back to Africa…N-word,'” Johnson said.
‘She could see the color of my skin and she reacted to that,’ Johnson said.
‘I was definitely shocked. I was surprised but more importantly I wanted to get away from her,’ she added.
In the clip Johnson is seen turning back confused and saying ‘What is your problem?’ when the woman berates her and then continues her run.
‘I’m entitled to go for a job, live my life, enjoy my life and enjoy the things that makes me happy,’ she said.
Johnson said she took the route of being ‘the bigger person’ and leaving rather than arguing with the woman.
People tried to shoo the suspect away, but Johnson was afraid the situation would escalate.
“When you have adrenaline going, the first thing for me was to get out of the situation,” she said.
At the time, Johnson didn’t know someone was recording the incident. She said she spotted it on social media recent days and went to police, with the proof in hand.
Johnson did not report the incident at the time until a friend saw the video recorded by witnesses posted on social media and brought it to her attention. However she revealed that she was happy police were on the hunt for the woman who assaulted her.
‘That’s not on me. That’s a reflection on her. She needs to look at herself and figure out why she looks down on somebody,’ she said.
‘We are always trying to give reasons for what people do but I can’t get into her head. I only know what she did, what she said and her actions,’ she added.
“She was so loud and aggressive,” Johnson told ABC7 on Wednesday.
“She did call me the N-word, and I mean I’m not an N-word, none of us are, but the reality is that this woman felt that she needed me to be that and I would just say that she needs to look into herself as to why.”
Johnson said she has not gone back to that neighborhood since the incident, but has received an outpouring of support from groups like Black Girls Run.