A Plano woman is facing charges after investigators said she assaulted and threatened several Indian-American women in an explosion of racial accusations recorded on video Wednesday night.

Video of the interaction was recorded outside the Sixty Vines restaurant in Plano by one of the women involved and shared online.

In the video, a woman who identifies as a Mexican-American can be heard directing a number of racially charged statements against the group including, “Go back to India,” and “We don’t want you here.”

The woman was also seen physically confronting a group in a public parking lot who tried to stop them from videotaping her with their cell phones.

As the confrontation continues in the video, one of the women calls 911 and asks officers to hurry.

According to police, officers were called to the restaurant parking lot on block 3700 of the Dallas Parkway at about 8:15 p.m. When officers arrived, they said several women reported being assaulted by women who were still at the scene.

At approximately 3:50 p.m. Thursday, detectives from the Plano Police Department arrested the woman and identified her as Esmeralda Upton. Police said Upton was charged with assault, bodily injury and terrorist threat, both misdemeanors, and that he was being held on bail totaling $10,000.


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Esmerelda Upton, order photo

It is not clear whether Upton has acquired a lawyer and it is not immediately clear what happened between Upton and his group before they started recording.

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the incident that occurred outside our restaurant last night,” read a statement provided by Sixty Vines to NBC DFW. “We will not tolerate discrimination or hatred of any kind. We have been trying to reach out to the women who dined with us to offer support.”

An investigation into the incident is ongoing and police say the Crimes Against People Unit is investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Plano Police say additional charges may be forthcoming.

By Blanca

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