A man in Nebraska was charged with a felony hate crime after he chased a Black woman with a chainsaw because—as he put it—”she’s guilty because she’s Black.”
The incident happened in Lincoln, Nebraska, when Daniel Stueck attacked Norma Nimox on the back steps of her apartment building, where he had been waiting for her when she arrived home.
Speaking to Lincoln’s KOLN News, Nimox described the horrifying encounter, which began with Stueck greeting her with a racial slur.
As she told KOLN:
“He says to me, excuse my language because it’s about to get vulgar, ‘What’s up, [n-word].'”
Brandishing the chain saw, Stueck revved the saw’s engine and yelled:
“Get off my property, [n-word]!”
When Nimox ran away screaming, Stueck—who does not even own the property—threatened her again saying she “better run.”
Once Nimox left, Stueck left too, but returned when the police arrived and told them he had recently had items stolen from him. He explained Nimox was the culprit, telling police “she’s guilty because she’s Black.”
The police arrested Stueck immediately.
Nimox also told KOLN that according to accounts from her neighbors, Stueck seemed to have been planning the attack all day.
“The neighbors upstairs say he was starting his chainsaw in his apartment all day. I guess when he seen me, he just found his victim.”
Nimox also said she is afraid for not just the safety of her and her five-year-old son, but the entire apartment building.
Stueck was jailed and charged with suspicion of making terroristic threats enhanced as a hate crime, which makes the charge a felony.
On Reddit, people were outraged by the incident.
“I can’t imagine having to live through such a horrifying experience solely because of my race.” —FefgyBoi
“I’m sorry, hold on, wait a minute, this motherfu**er wasn’t evicted straightaway? In what fu**ing universe is threatening another tenant with a god**mn chainsaw not an immediate eviction?” —Jarsky2
“I’m not one to judge a book by its cover but fu**ing look at this fu**ing bag of s**t.” —Ejaculazer
“Imagine having to explain to the police that there was a man who chased you with a chainsaw? Well yeah he’s not here now but he was sitting there up on the stairs with a chainsaw.” —Searchlights
“Remember when a Muslim, a black American, or a Mexican American would be watching a video of a heinous assault/crime, and pray it wasnt a Muslim, black or brown guy?”
“I’m that over the hill white guy going ‘GOD D**MIT CLEETUS,WHAT THE F**K!!?’ And there are 70 million clueless Trumpers!”
“Its an infestation on the soul of America. How do we fumigate? Free weed for all?” —dMarrs
People on Twitter were similarly horrified.
What kind of world do we live in that THIS is a real headline?! Daniel Stueck chased Norma Nimox, a Black woman, through the apartment building where she live while he held a CHAINSAW and yelled racial slurs, all because she was #LivingWhileBlack. This nonsense needs to stop!! pic.twitter.com/rbkdeRBIlf
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) November 25, 2020
Please take a minute to read this story! Norma Nimox was JUST coming home when she was assaulted by Daniel Stueck! Think about the terror u would feel! Many black people feel that terror when doing ORDINARY things! #ThinkAboutIt #AdvocateForEachOtherhttps://t.co/2Sb84wu4DZ
— ReSista Kay🌊 (@ReSistaKay) November 27, 2020
I keep telling people these fools think we in South Africa like we black folks supposed to show our papers.
— India Jenkins (@IndiaJenkins1) November 25, 2020
At first I thought this could not be real… https://t.co/60ZewLBdAP
— the weaknd (@TeeToeJackson) November 25, 2020
Very sick, and he is sick. It's attempted murder, that he should be charged with.
— David Cohen (@David58356136) November 25, 2020
Nimox told KOLN that she has contacted her landlords, but has not been told whether or not Stueck will be allowed to return to the building.