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Chula Vista woman racially attacked at Eastlake Village Marketplace caught on video

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Posted at 6:55 PM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-23 15:01:12-05

CHULA VISTA (KGTV) -- A frightening scene for any family to witness was captured on video just before Valentine’s Day outside an East Chula Vista gas station.

A clip posted to Facebook shows a man screaming racial obscenities at a female customer while the woman he’s with calmly pumps gas into their car.

The incident reportedly happened at the Shell gas station at the Village Marketplace in the Eastlake neighborhood of Chula Vista at around 4 p.m., according to the victim.

In a Facebook video post, the victim wrote that the man had approached her car and began shouting vulgarities then returned to his car.

“No there is nothing done prior to this on my part. No there was nothing wrong that I knew of. No, there was no history," the victim wrote in the Facebook video post.

"No, I've never seen this couple before. No, there were no words exchanged between us, no eye contact, he just began to spew hateful commentary when he saw me get out to pump," the victim said.

Sensing that something may happen, the victim used her cellphone to record the encounter, and that's when the man approached her again.

The video shows a man with face and arm tattoos jumping out of the passenger seat of a light colored Nissan Versa hatchback. He approaches the victim’s car while flashing both middle fingers and screaming, “F*** n*****s!”

The man then walked up to the victim’s vehicle and spit on the windshield.

10News is not identifying the victim for her own protection.

According to the victim, the couple drove away after the woman finished pumping gas.

“I am beyond grateful that he, for some reason, changed his mind and did not spit on me or put his hands on me,” the victim said.

The woman called Chula Vista Police about five hours after the confrontation at the gas station, according to Chula Vista Police Department Captain Phil Collum.

Officers took information from the woman and followed up with her Friday to gather more information and documentation, Collum said. They will evaluate the evidence to see if it amounts to a criminal offense.

Collum said police do not know the identity of the man seen in the video.

“This is highly unusual,” said Collum.

He had recommendations for anyone in a similar situation.

“Do not engage, do not get involved, always take the high road,” Collum said.

Anyone with any information is asked to call CVPD.