Sunday, July 21, 2024

A Latino Family Is Worried After Woman Who Threatened Them and Used Racial Slurs Is Released from Jail

A Latino family is worried after a woman wielding a hammer threatened them and shouted racist remarks outside their home in St. Louis has been released from jail and placed under house arrest.

All caught on video, Fatima Suarez, 22, said in a TikTok post, “We’re stressed,” following her family’s harasser, Judy Ann Kline, getting released on bond Tuesday.

“I don’t agree that they allowed her to be on house arrest because she clearly, she showed, and she even said that she’s going to come back,” Suarez said.

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office charged Kline with three felonies, including first-degree burglary, property damage, and unlawful use of a weapon concerning the break-in at the family’s home.

Suarez said her father and younger sister, age 4, were home when Kline entered the basement by breaking a glass door. Her father investigated the noise and found Kline walking up the steps wielding a hammer. He then closed the door and fled the house with his daughter.

Kline can be heard shouting in the video, “Get out, you’re a bunch of illegals — you don’t belong on American property,” into the front door Ring security camera, claiming that the home was hers and demanding to see paperwork because, she said, “I know you didn’t buy this house — you don’t have enough money.”

Suarez, who is of Mexican heritage, said that Kline had been harassing the family for more than a year and that the incidents were racially motivated.

Kline, 54, was placed under house arrest with a GPS monitoring device with exceptions for medical, religious, and court purposes. The judge also ordered her to have no contact with the victims.

“You don’t deserve to be out AT ALL. YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO HURT MY DAD AND BABY SISTER,” Suarez wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post, a screenshot she later uploaded to TikTok. “I’m tired of how the justice system is.”

NBC News