DA: Man attacked discrimination commissioner because she looked like a ‘terrorist’
(Photo: Denver DA's Office)
DENVER — A 34-year-old man has been charged with a bias-motivated crime and third-degree assault after police said he attacked a woman attending a conference in downtown Denver because he said she looked like a terrorist.
The victim, Sunila Tomas-George, 44, from Massachusetts, was in Denver for a conference at the Sheridan Hotel at Court and 16th streets.
On Aug. 28 around 1:40 Tomas-George said she was taking a break outside and looking at her cell phone when someone struck her in the back of the head, said a police affidavit.
Tomas-George said she heard a man, later identified as Christopher Roman Lucki, yelling and screaming obscenities and calling her a terrorist, the affidavit said.
“He was also yelling that she was from ‘Afghan’ and that she was ‘out to get us,’” the affidavit said.
Witnesses told police they followed Lucki and asked him why he attacked Tomas-George. He said “because she had been stalking him for days and that she was a terrorist,” the affidavit said.
One man even recorded a cell phone video of Lucki’s claims.
He was arrested by police and later the Denver DA determined the attack fit the criteria for a bias motivated crime, said DA spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough.
According to a Mass.gov website, Tomas-George works as a Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, a post she has held since 2007.