MERIDEN — A clerk at a local gas station was charged with assault and intimidation based on bigotry after police said he hit a woman with a metal pipe and made racist comments last week.
Selim Kahn, 58, of 59-4 Summer St., Meriden, was arrested on Saturday, Oct. 9, and charged with second-degree assault, first-degree intimidation based on bigotry or bias and second-degree breach of peace.
Police responded to Citgo, 182 Colony St., on Oct. 9 around 7:55 p.m. for a report of an assault, according to police reports. Police met with a woman who said the clerk at the gas station assaulted her with a metal rod and made racist comments, the report stated. Police spoke with the clerk, who said he struck the woman in self-defense after she swung her purse at him. He denied making racist comments.
Police reviewed security camera footage which supported the woman’s version of the assault, according to the reports. The footage contained no audio.
Police noted that while speaking with Kahn he kept changing the subject to talk about other people in the area he said were selling drugs, the report said. Police noted all of the people Kahn spoke about were people of color, the report said. Police noted there was no evidence against any of the other people Kahn pointed out.
The owner of the business declined to comment.
Kahn was held on $30,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Nov. 26.