Federal charges filed for 2020 hate crime against Black missionary
May 26, 2023, 3:57 PM | Updated: Jun 22, 2023, 4:55 pm
KSL previously reported about a Black missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Panama who was assaulted January 28 that same year.
The victim was reportedly with his companion when they passed a group of around six people.
The group allegedly began yelling racial slurs at the victim. The suspects then reportedly punched and kicked the victim — shoving him to the ground while still assaulting him. The missionary was able to free himself and ran off.
Police at the time said the man’s companion was a white man, and was never targeted during the attack.
Police identified Sebastian Francis West as a suspect in 2020.