KEY POINTS

  • Black woman was jogging in Queens on Aug. 17 when the incident took place
  • The bottle shattered near the jogger's legs
  • Accused was charged with attempted assault and aggravated harassment

A woman, who was caught on camera throwing a glass bottle at a Black jogger during a racist rant, has been taken into custody by the New York police.

The Black woman, identified as 37-year-old Tiffany Johnson, was jogging in Queens on Aug. 17 when she was struck by the bottle. Video of the incident released last week showed the accused, wearing a black tank-top and white shorts, throwing the bottle at Johnson and yelling racial slurs. The bottle shattered near Johnson’s legs. Johnson continued to jog away, however, the accused allegedly followed her for a while and kept yelling and threatening the victim.

In a press release Tuesday, the Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz confirmed that the accused, identified as 53-year-old Lorena Delaguna, has been taken into custody and charged with attempted assault and aggravated harassment. She faces up to 7 years in prison and is expected to appear in court Friday.

"In addition to allegedly yelling the N-word, the defendant in this case is also accused of throwing a bottle in an attempt to strike the victim. Crimes like this, which are fueled by hate, are in a special category for a reason. No one should have to endure being called a vile slur or being attacked simply because of the color of their skin, their religion, or who they love," Katz said in the press release.

Speaking to ABC 7 after the video was released, Johnson had said, "She was so loud and aggressive. She did call me the N-word, and I mean I'm not an N-word, none of us are, but the reality is that this woman felt that she needed me to be that and I would just say that she needs to look into herself as to why."

Johnson said that she jogged away, however, Delaguna followed her and continued to yell racial slurs.

"She followed me up the block, was screaming 'get out of here, go back to Africa...N-word,'" Johnson told the channel.

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