PLANO, Texas – A Plano woman was arrested on charges of assault and making terrorist threats after an incident outside a restaurant Wednesday night.
Police have video evidence of the incident posted on Facebook.
Esmeralda Upton, 58, is accused of using racial slurs during a physical attack on a group of Indian-American women outside a restaurant.
A spate of racial slurs against a group of women occurred Wednesday night in Plano outside the Sixty Vines Restaurant on block 3700 of the Dallas Parkway.
One of the women, Rani Banerjee, posted a five-minute video of the incident on Facebook, and it quickly spread to social media.
One of the women who recorded was on the phone with 911 on the entire exchange.
“She’s a white woman wearing a black dress,” the woman told 911.
“No, I’m not white,” Upton says in the video. “I’m Mexican! I’m Mexican, and I pay here!”
“We’re not even talking to you. Why are you walking towards us to talk?!” said a woman.
“Because I hate you damn Indian, that’s why!” Upton seemed to say. “You came to our country.”
It is not clear what started the incident and whether it started within the business. It is not visible in the posted video clip.
Upton was arrested Thursday on charges of misdemeanor and minor terrorism threat. Police said they were investigating it as a hate crime.
But at one point, Upton sounded like he was trying to apologize.
“You know what. You’re right. Mom, I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” he said. “You know, peace. Okay, fuck it! Peace. I crossed the line.”
The woman who shot the video told the 911 operator they didn’t feel safe. That’s when Upton started talking about the female body.
“I’m not going to hurt you,” Upton said. “Look at me. I weigh 100 pounds. You guys weigh over 200.”
Less than two minutes later, an officer arrived and separated Upton from the group of women.
The DFW section of the Council on American-Islam Relations responded with a statement saying, “The level of violence and alleged physical assault against four Indian-American women in Plano is appalling. This type of hate has no place in North Texas, and we call on enforcement law to investigate this incident as a hate crime.”
Plano Police said more charges could be brought against Upton. The bonds are set at $10,000.
FOX 4 reached out to several women for comments but no response yet
The Facebook post also said due to the investigation that it had been advised not to comment at this time.