A woman has been arrested after allegedly attacking a group of friends outside a Texas restaurant on Wednesday. The incident was caught on video, with the woman apparently yelling at the group to “go back to India”.
On Wednesday, Plano Police Department officers responded to a disturbance in the parking lot outside the Sixty Vines restaurant in Plano, Texas, about 20 miles from Dallas, according to a news release.
Upon arrival, several women claimed to have been assaulted by another woman. After listening to their statements, a statement of offense for assault and battery and terrorist threats was drawn up.
The woman, Esmeralda Upton, was arrested around 3:50 a.m. local time on Thursday on a charge of assault and a charge of threatening terrorism. She was being held on $10,000 bond, by police, although she was not on the Collins County Jail’s inmate list.
It was not immediately clear if she had an attorney.
In a video shared by one of the friends on Facebook, the arrested woman can apparently be heard shouting, “Go back to India! We don’t want you here! If dinner is so good in your country, then stay there.
As she walks away, the woman recording the video appears to say, “We weren’t talking to you.” Upton turns around, shouts a racial slur, and begins punching the woman recording the altercation.
The five-minute video shows the women calling the police, with Upton apparently continuing to verbally and physically attack them as they call the police.
“A dinner with friends ended in a frightening experience. As we were leaving Sixty Vines, Plano and heading to our cars, an angry, drunk woman came at us with hateful racial slurs and even physically attacked us. We called 911 and luckily the cops arrived within minutes,” the video’s caption reads. “I have lived in DFW for 29 years and I have never felt so humiliated, threatened and scared for my life. I can’t believe this is what America has become.
The incident is currently being investigated by the Plano Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit as a hate crime, and additional charges may be forthcoming.
The post was later updated, noting that due to the investigation, they were advised not to discuss the matter at this time.