Queens woman charged with hate crime in attack on Black jogger

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Queens woman was charged on Tuesday with a hate crime in an attack on a Black jogger in early August. 

According to the NYPD, the 33-year-old jogger was running at the north east corner of 53rd Place and Broadway in Woodside on Aug. 17 when a White woman approached and threw a glass bottle at her.

The jogger, who is Black, told police the woman yelled a racial slur at her while she continued to jog away. The attacker then allegedly continued to follow her for at least a block while yelling and threatening her.

The NYPD previously announced it was investigating the incident as a hate crime and Lorena Delaguna, 53, was charged Tuesday in connection to the attack. 

“In addition to allegedly yelling the N-word, the defendant in this case is also accused of throwing a bottle in an attempt to strike the victim. Crimes like this, which are fueled by hate, are in a special category for a reason. No one should have to endure being called a vile slur or being attacked simply because of the color of their skin, their religion, or who they love,” said Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

Katz says Delaguna is also accused telling the victim to “get out of here” and “go back to Africa” and calling her the N-word.

The 53-year-old has been charged with attempted assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment.

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