King County prosecutors charge woman with hate crime against two women in Tukwila

King County prosecutors Oct. 19 filed malicious harassment charges against a 37-year-old Burien woman for allegedly shouting racial slurs at two Muslim women as well as kicking one of them Oct. 16 at a Tukwila gas station.

King County prosecutors Oct. 19 filed malicious harassment charges against a 37-year-old Burien woman for allegedly shouting racial slurs at two Muslim women as well as kicking one of them Oct. 16 at a Tukwila gas station.

Jennifer Leigh Jennings faces two counts of malicious harassment, according to charging documents. Jennings is out on $10,000 bail after she served two days in jail, according to King County jail records. She is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Nov. 2 in Courtroom GA at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice center in Kent.

Jennings allegedly yelled “Suicide bomber,” and “Hey, you don’t know how to pump go back to your country,” as the women attempted to pump gas into their vehicle at about 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at the AM-PM gas station at 15252 Tukwila International Boulevard, according to charging papers.

The Burien woman also reportedly slammed a car door on one of the women and kicked one of the women. The women had trouble pumping their gas because the pump didn’t seem to be operating properly. One of the women then called 911 because she said she was scared of Jennings.

Tukwila Police arrived at the gas station, talked to all three women and arrested Jennings for investigation of malicious harassment.

Officers transported Jennings to the police holding station. At the station, she reportedly referred to a dark complected officer she had seen at the station when she told another officer that “You’re only doing this because he’s the same race and religion as those two ladies.”

Prosecutors noted in their request for $10,000 bail that Jennings, “verbally and physically assaulted two women because of their race or ethnic background and the assaults were completely unprovoked.”

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