A Colombian-Canadian family was in a shopping mall in St. Thomas, Ontario, when a man carrying a baseball bat approached Sergio Estepa, the father, and demanded to see what was in his pockets. The man with the baseball bat became angry when Estepa refused, and that’s when things escalated. The man began to claim that the family were ‘French terrorists” despite the fact that they were speaking Spanish and being attacked.
A man was caught on camera attacking a Colombian-Canadian family in a mall parking lot.
#in#stthomas#ontario#we#were#victims#of#hate#I#am#so#sad#he#was#going#to#attacked#my 13th year son with a baseball bat, and calling him a terrorist. As this individual went to hit my son and his father stepped in to prevent this man from beating him. Due to this fact my hubby got the attack on him causing him to have sever bruising to his back, and a broken ribs.
According to the caption on the video, the man tried to attack the couple’s 13-year-old son but Estepa stepped in the way to protect the teenager. A woman can be heard screaming in the background as the man, identified as 36-year-old Mark Phillips, beat Estepa. Estepa’s partner Mari Zambrano posted the video to Instagram.
During the attack, Phillips can be heard screaming, “You better get the f*ck out of here, Frenchie. You better get out of here. Terrorists! Terrorists! We got terrorists here! We got French terrorists! Terrorists! Terrorists! We got terrorists! ISIS! ISIS!”
Estepa is recovering from a broken rib and multiple severe bruises on his back. According to CBC, only one person in the busy mall parking lot offered to give a statement to the police and it was the principal of their son’s former pre-school. The indifference of those who witnessed the attack is what bothers the family most, especially considering they fled Colombia to escape violence. According to their interview with CBC, the parents had recently talked with their son about stepping up to help people who are being attacked or bullied.
“The reason why we came to Canada is because we lost our country Colombia because of indifference,” Estepa told CBC. “The war was in the countryside. We live in the city. We don’t care who is killed there. That is the big enemy we have: indifference.”
Estepa added: “It’s not this city, it’s not this country. It’s a person with mental [issues]. But try not to be indifferent. Try to help people.”
Phillips was arrested just hours after the attack in London, Ontario, and is being held in the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre. He made an appearance before a judge via a video stream on Monday and will be making another appearance on Friday. Phillips was denied.