Two men were charged with a hate crime after police said they assaulted a man and told him to “go back to your country.”
At 4:13 p.m. on Monday, May 14, police were called to investigate an assault in the area of Ashton Avenue and Sudley Manor Drive, Prince William police spokesman Nathan Probus said in a news release.
A 35-year-old man told police that he was driving in that area “when he was cut off by a pickup truck, which then stopped in front of the victim’s vehicle,” police said.
The pickup driver and passenger then began yelling at the man, saying things like “go back to your country,” and “you don’t belong here,” the man told police.
At some point, the pickup passenger got out of the vehicle, grabbed the victim and assaulted him, police said.
The suspects then followed the victim as he tried to drive away onto Interstate 66, police said. The man pulled into the Manassas rest area and called police. The suspects left the area before police arrived, but the victim was able to provide police with his license plate number.
Detectives identified the occupants of the pickup as Jimmy Lynn Greer and Dustin David Greer.
Police determined that the victim “was targeted by the suspects because of his Middle Eastern national origin,” police said in the news release.
Police located the suspects at a hotel in Manassas on May 16 and arrested them.
Jimmy Lynn Greer, 56, of Balls Ford Road in the Manassas area, was charged with assault and battery as part of a hate crime and reckless driving. Dustin David Greer, 25, of Free State Road in Marshall, was charged with assault and battery as part of a hate crime.
Both were released on a $5,000 unsecured bond and have a court date on June 12.