(Pictured: Warren Stratton and Troy Noe)
Warren Stratton, a 66-year-old white man, who harassed an interracial couple at a bar in Daytona Beach on Mother’s Day is facing a hate crime charge.
Derryann Wood, a Black man, took his white wife, Tiffany Wood, out to eat at Tailgatorz Sports Bar & Grille in Daytona Beach on May 12.
What was meant to be a relaxing night out for the couple turned into a violent racist attack.
Wood was sitting at the bar with his wife when Stratton came up to him and asked if he was from Africa and whether it was “Africa Day,” according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Wood tried to deescalate and told Stratton to keep moving. But Stratton continued, asking Wood again about being from Africa and staring at him. When Wood asked if there was a problem, Stratton said he was “just looking for a piece of a**,” referring to Wood’s wife.
Both men then stood and faced each other, and Stratton pushed Wood. Other bar patrons stood up to stop the fight when Stratton’s nephew, Troy Noe and Troy Noe’s son, John Noe, joined in as well.
But Stratton and the Noes were escorted out of the bar by other patrons but were screaming epithets and insults at Tiffany Wood and telling Derryann they would “get him.”
Below is the 911 call where the caller says “One African American is being beat to a pulp … by a bunch of Rednecks.”
When the police showed up at Stratton’s house to arrest him, he denied that the did anything wrong and said he asked Derryann about being from Africa because “That’s where they all come from, right?”
Stratton and his nephew Troy Noe are charged with evidence of prejudice battery, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Noe’s son, John Noe, is only facing misdemeanor battery.