A hammer-wielding Texas woman has been arrested after being filmed using a hammer to threaten a Latina doctor and her husband whom she mistakenly referred to being Mexican during a profanity-laced rant in Houston.
60-year-old Constance Lynn Bono, was allegedly filmed waving the hammer around as she directed her hate-filled screed at Arturo Cordovez and his wife Dr. Lia Franco, originally of Ecuador, at a Houston gas station, NBC News reported.
Constance Lynn Bono was arrested on Sunday after “unlawfully, intentionally and knowingly threatening Arturo Cordovez with imminent bodily injury by using and exhibiting a deadly weapon, namely, a hammer,” court documents show.
Her attorney, Hans Nielsen, told NBC News that Bono “adamantly denies the allegation that has been filed against her,” stating that she is not racist.
Bono was released on bond Wednesday.
The couple, Cordovez and Dr. Lia Franco are originally from Ecuador, but live in New Orleans.
“She screamed, ‘You Mexicans, get out of my f–king country. Go back to your f–king country,” Franco said, as Bono walked toward them, hammer in hand, while wearing an Irish flag shirt and a face mask pulled below her chin.
The couple told NBC that as they were driving when they spotted Constance Lynn Bono’s car tailing them as she gesticulated angrily from behind the wheel.
They eventually called the police and pulled into the gas station, with Bono allegedly following and hopping out of her car to confront them.
It wasn’t immediately clear what motivated the alleged attack. Franco told the network it seemed like the woman “needs help, she needs treatment.”
“But that doesn’t justify the fact she needs to follow the laws of her country,” she added.