CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. -- An attack at a gas station off Interstate 95 in Central Virginia left one man bloodied, his boat and Porsche damaged, and a New Jersey woman under investigation for a possible hate crime.
The incident happened Saturday morning at a Carmel Church Exxon gas station off I-95, according to Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa.
Bob, who asked his last name not be published, and his wife had stopped at the gas station while driving back home from Florida to Massachusetts.
They were driving a Porsche and hauling a boat.
Bob said while he was pumping gas, a woman started screaming at him.
"This lady was a couple pumps over and talking to me and yelling at somebody about having a message for her. I had no idea what she was talking about," Bob said. "I was coming around the side of the car and next thing I know a car blocks me in. She comes out of her car gets in my face and yelling at me about some sort of message I got for her."
He said he attempted to ignore her, but she eventually threatened to put a hole in his "fancy boat."
That's when, Bob said, the woman grabbed a hammer.
"She actually took a hammer and she hit his vehicle and the boat," Sheriff Lippa said. "She actually clawed him. He took her down to the ground to prevent her from doing any more damage."
"I let her go and she grabbed the hammer again and hit the boat again," Bob said. "[The hammer] broke. That's when she figured out she better get out of there because she didn’t have a weapon anymore."
While Bob and the woman were struggling with each other, a witness snapped a photo of the woman's vehicle.
Investigators used that photo to identify the woman as Angela M. Jones, 26, of Newark, New Jersey.
Bob's wife, who was in the gas station bathroom during the attack, returned to find her bloodied husband.
"There were some racial slurs directed at her [Bob's wife], at which time the accused spit in [Bob's wife's] face," Sheriff Lippa said. "According to the victim, there were racial slurs that were yelled at [Bob's wife] before [Jones] spit at her and that’s what we’re looking into as far as it being a hate crime."
During the attack, the couple said the woman said she was "sick of fancy white people."
"I have no idea why she started going after us, but I guess she thought we were some rich people," Bob said.
New Jersey State Police were contacted in an effort to find Jones. She was has since been arrested.
She is wanted in Caroline County on charges of malicious wounding, assault, and destruction of property.
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