- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) - Prosecutors in Minnesota are still reviewing possible charges against a woman accused of attacking a restaurant patron because she was speaking in a foreign language.

A criminal complaint says Jodie Burchard-Risch is accused of striking the woman with a beer mug at an Applebee’s in Coon Rapids last week after becoming upset that the victim was speaking Swahili. Burchard-Risch is charged with third-degree assault in Anoka County District Court.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Friday called for additional hate crime charges. Criminal division chief Paul Young in the Anoka County Attorney’s Office says prosecutors are still working on the case, waiting for medical reports and could file additional or enhancement charges.

The woman, originally from Kenya, suffered facial injuries that required stitches.

A phone listing for Burchard-Risch went unanswered.


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