ST. CHARLES – Three children ages 5 and younger watched Sunday as a man yelled racial slurs at the adult couple they were with, according to a St. Charles Police Department report.
Shortly before 7 p.m., the man – who is white – reportedly pulled alongside a Hispanic couple unloading groceries from their car in the 1600 block of Covington Court in St. Charles and yelled at them about parking on the street.
He shouted racial slurs, pulled his blue Ford pickup in front of the couple’s car, got out and approached the Hispanic man, police reported.
Continuing his shouting, the man reportedly kicked the couple’s car, putting a dent in the door.
He then got close to the Hispanic man, and the two yelled at each other, police reported.
The man reportedly returned to his Ford, but walked back to the other man and continued to argue. The woman told the man she was calling police after he shoved her companion at the top of his chest, police reported.
The man reportedly got into his pickup and left east on Prairie Street.
Three children – a 5-year-old and 3-year-old twins – were in the couple’s car during the confrontation, police reported. At one point, the 5-year-old reportedly ran indoors because he was scared.
A resident grilling nearby witnessed the confrontation, including the vandalism to the car door, police reported.
The man was described as 35 to 40, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 200 pounds with balding blond hair.
He was wearing a blue T-shirt over blue jeans. The couple believed he might have been intoxicated, police reported.
According to the report, police have classified the incident as a hate crime.