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Johnny and Lisa Bonta, a Native family from the Reno Sparks Indian Colony, became the latest victims of a hate crime on May 24 when they were attacked at a gas station along I-80 in Fernley, Nevada, a border town between the Fallon and Pyramid Lake Indian reservations.
“I was pumping gas at Quick Stop on our way to Reno to look for another job when these skinheads in a blue car drove by real slow and checked us out. The driver jumped out with a baseball bat, and I asked them ‘why you holding a bat?” said Bonta. “He said ‘let’s do this’ and tried to pick a fight. I don’t know how to explain what happened—we didn’t do anything to them.”
“They all jumped out of the car with baseball bats, knives and a crowbar, and we knew they were going to hurt us,” said Lisa Bonta, in an interview from Washoe Medical Center, where she was in treatment for seizures she suffers.
Lisa and her daughter, Alyssa, were terrified watching the brutal and bloody fight as her unarmed husband and son-in-law tried to fight off the three young men in their 20s.
“I saw one of them hit my husband in the head with a bat, and the other one was trying to cut off his braid with a knife. Johnny was covered in blood and they just kept hitting him with a crow bar. They even tried to slit his throat,” she added.
At first they said there was a bench warrant for an unpaid $367 fine, and when we made arrangements to pay that, they charged him with battery with a deadly weapon, even though it was those boys who had the weapons. The booking papers say we owe $30,367.00. ”
Originally posted by mythos
reply to post by DaddyBare
a horrible and tragic story. what can be done against such hate, ignorance and injustice,
Originally posted by Misoir
What angers me even more is that these are Native Americans being targeted for hate crimes. Absolutely despicable, do these morons not know that this land is originally theirs? Even if we do own it now I still give much respect to the Natives not only because this is originally their land but also because I have a very deep respect for them. Had it been any other race I would not have even posted a response but attacking Native Americans makes my blood boil. Yes I am bias and do not apologize for that.
“The allegations made to say we have not investigated this properly are just not true,” Veil said. He described the accounts of the incident given on the Indian Country Today website as “awfully one-sided and without merit.”
District Attorney in Lyon County, Bob Auer and he says the facts don't necessarily point to a hate crime, but he says it was "a mutual fight."
Dee Cassell charges Bonta smashed a ratchet into her son's window, beat him with a golf club while he was still sitting in the car, and none of the younger men had weapons.
The Native American family said, the local sherriff’s office never asked them for a statement on the alleged attack, until now.
The local sheriff's office said they also spoke with the group of white men involved in this incident who agreed, they did not investigate anything.
Dee Cassell charged the incident began between Bontas son-in-law and Janiszewski who "don't like each other," and she maintains it had nothing to do with either race or the Bontas.
She also charged that Bonta's stepdaughter hit her son in the head with a wrench ten times.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office might not be a neutral party since one of the people who fought with Bonta is the son of a former deputy, Melendez said.