A man who was arrested for kicking and mocking a Muslim employee at John F. Kennedy International Airport in January was indicted Thursday on hate-crime charges related to unlawful imprisonment, menacing and aggravated harassment.
Robin Rhodes, 57, a Donald Trump-supporter from Worcester, Massachusetts, had yelled “F—ck Islam! F—k ISIS!” and kicked a Muslim airline worker at the Delta Sky Lounge on Jan. 25, authorities said.
"Trump is here now. He will get rid of all of you,” Rhodes said. “You can ask Germany, Belgium and France about these kind of people. You will see what happens.”
Rhodes was at the airport for a connection from Aruba back to Massachusetts when he targeted the worker, Rabeeya Khan, who wears a hijab. He allegedly followed Khan into the employee locker room of at the Delta Sky Lounge.
"Are you f--king sleeping," Rhodes said to her, according to court papers. "Are you praying? What are you doing?"
Rhodes then punched a door which bounced and hit the back of Kahn’s chair. He then kicked her right leg and blocked the door as she tried to leave.
Kahn attempted to run away but Rhodes chased after her, and then fell to his knees and began to bow down in imitation of a Muslim praying.
Rhodes was released on $50,000 bond and faces up to four years in prison.
Rhodes was the president of NitroFreeze and its research center, Cryogenics Institute of New England, according to Massachusetts news reports.A reference to Rhodes on the company's website was removed after his arrest.
Soon after his arrest, Rhodes was represented by attorney P. Scott Dufault, but has since retained other counsel. In February, Dufault told news reporters that the accusations against his client seemed exaggerrated.
"What I understand is that this thing was overblown, number one," Dufault said at the time. "Number two, if this woman was injured at all, Mr. Rhodes did not intentionally injure her at all."