A former police officer drove his truck inside a Sikh owned business called ‘Best Stop’ in Livingston Parish, Lousiana because he thought the Sikh man was a Muslim.
The store had to be sealed with ply boards which show where the car drove into the building.
A local news media covered the story where the Sikh owner was quoted saying, “We are just trying to make a living.”
Convenience store cashier allegedly targeted in hate crime: "We're just trying to make a living" https://t.co/JbBDyus2ZT
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The suspect was identified by police as Chad Horsley who is an ex reserve police officer from Denham Spring, Louisiana.
The police issued the following statement:
Hate Crime Arrest
Sheriff Jason Ard confirms that a ‘Hate Crime’ arrest has been made in Livingston Parish.
Sheriff Ard says, ‘There are a lot of layers to this case. It’s a bizarre one that started on February 27, 2018. That night on the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, we posted images from surveillance footage. Those images were from inside a convenience store located in the 11,000 block of Louisiana Highway 1019. We were trying to identify the individual because he claimed to be law enforcement. He said he suspected drug activity and would return to the store to do a search. He left in a white pick-up truck. We did not believe that he had any current ties to law enforcement. On March 3, 2018, we received a call from a witness. The witness tells us that a man in a white truck drove into this same convenience store. We also learned from this witness that the driver of that pick-up took the store’s ATM machine. When the witness attempted to intervene, the suspect produced a handgun and fled the scene.’
Through investigation, the suspect was identified as Chad Horsley. He did speak to deputies working this case.
Sheriff says, ‘He talked to deputies, but his version of events did not match up to surveillance footage and witness statements. For one, he told deputies that he was a Sheriff’s Deputy and produced an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office commission card. We learned that Horsely was a former Reserve with EBRSO but has no current ties to the agency. Horsely did admit to us that he purposefully caused damage to the store. According to Horsely, he was under the impression the owners were Muslim. He blamed Muslims for killing his fellow service members overseas. He was also upset that Muslims, in his mind, were having an easier time prospering than he was despite his time in the service.’
Deputies searched Horsley’s home and located the white pick-up which was parked in a garage. The license plate had been purposefully removed. Damage estimate to the store: ~$4,000.00.
Horsley was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on several charges:
>Simple Criminal Damage to Property
>False Personation of a Peace Officer – 2 counts
Bonded 3/5/18: $56,000.00
This investigation continues.
Here are some CCTV pictures released by the police: