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The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 60-year-old man Wednesday after he went on a racist rant against two men he believed to be Muslim or of Middle Eastern descent outside a McDonald’s in St. Augustine.
John Jay Smith, 60, faces two third-degree felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one first-degree felony charge of burglary with assault or battery and a third-degree felony charge of trespassing, according to his police report.
The incident occurred early Wednesday at the McDonald’s restaurant in the 2400 block of U.S. 1 in St. Augustine.
The article goes on to state the following:
Smith allegedly got into a verbal altercation with two men eating hamburgers in the parking lot. Police learned Smith allegedly told the men to “get out of my country you do not deserve to eat here.” He had approached the men while holding a switchblade or other type of automatic knife.
One of the victims later told police Smith said “get the f*** out of here you don’t deserve American food.”
Smith then allegedly approached his vehicle and pulled out a stun gun, which he called his “zapper,” and re-approached the two men as they entered their vehicle.
He then allegedly stuck his arm inside their vehicle and tried to use the stun gun on one of the men inside, the report said.
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