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A Florida woman accused of making anti-Asian remarks and spraying four people in New York City earlier this month has been charged with hate crimes.
Madeline Barker, 47, of central Florida, was arraigned on Saturday, where she was formally charged with attempted assault as a hate crime, assault as a hate crime and harassment in as a hate crime, according to court records.
Police say witnesses saw Barker on June 11 pepper spray four women during a verbal altercation and made anti-Asian remarks at the intersection of 14th Street and 9th Avenue in Chelsea.
Barker is accused of telling women, “Go back where you came from!” Go back to your country!
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She was arrested after an eyewitness recognized her on the street and called the cops, a district aide in Manhattan Criminal Court said.
Barker made her first court appearance on Saturday and was posted $20,000 bond, the New York Post reported.
His legal aid lawyer reportedly told the judge that the case had been “amplified by media sensation”.
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She is due back in court on Thursday.