A video shows the owner of the Small Pharoah’s food truck in Portland, Oregon arguing with and throwing a bottle and hot sauce at a Black woman who claims he called her the N-word after she tried to pay with quarters.
The alleged victim, Carlotta Washington, recorded part of the altercation with her cellphone, reports Willamette Week. In the footage, Islam Elmasy is telling her to “get the f**k away” from his truck before hurling a Gatorade bottle at her, causing her to drop her phone. Eyewitness accounts claim that he then proceeded to douse Washington with Sriracha sauce. She can be heard in the video alleging that because he “didn’t want to take coins” that he went on to “call her a n***er.”
According to KPTV, Elmasy was arrested based on information discovered by police after they were called to the location of the truck in downtown Portland for a disturbance on Thursday (June 7). He was booked at the Multnomah County jail on charges of harassment and assault in the fourth degree.
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