Woman charged with hate crime after harassing and threatening neighbors 'for hours'
A Port Orchard woman is facing a felony hate crime charge for repeatedly harassing and threatening her mixed-race neighbors Friday as they prepared for a baby shower.
Cassandra Louise Jameson, 38, was charged Monday with commission of a hate crime in Kitsap County Superior Court. She is also awaiting trial for felony attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle for an incident in November.
Kitsap County sheriff's deputies were called at 9 p.m. after the victim told a?911 dispatcher?that "for hours" a neighbor had been yelling racist comments at her and her family and saying she was planning on “killing everyone,” according to court documents.
The woman, whose family is from Saipan, and her husband, who is Black, had started preparing for the festivities when the harassment started. Jameson allegedly made?racist comments about Mexican, Asian?and Black people and indicated?she had firearms or other weapons.?
Among the racist comments the victim could recall was Jameson accusing the family of being "the cause of the flu," according to court documents. Reports of hate crimes targeting those perceived to be Asian have increased after the discovery of the novel coronavirus, with Asian people?being scapegoated for the COVID-19 pandemic.?
The victim told a deputy they took the threats seriously but were hesitant to contact police.
A deputy located Jameson in her car and wrote that she appeared to be in an “altered state of mind.” She was arrested and booked into the Kitsap County Jail.
Jameson was also arrested Nov.?1 after multiple people called 911 to report a vehicle driving recklessly near the Manchester Dock. Court documents say the driver, identified as Jameson, refused to pull over and started a chase, during which she braked hard in front of the pursuing deputy.
“It was apparent that she had activated her brakes in order to get me to hit her vehicle,” the deputy wrote.
Jameson sped away?but was later arrested, according to court documents. She pleaded not guilty to a count of attempting to elude a police vehicle, with a special allegation for endangering a member of the public aside from herself or the officer. Her trial for that charge?is scheduled for June.