Man charged with hate crime for incident at Kingsgate Safeway

William Leo Kraft was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and malicious harassment Sept. 12, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

As previously reported, the 33-year-old was arrested by Kirkland police on Sept. 8 at the Kingsgate Safeway at 14444 124th Ave. in Kirkland.

According to the police report, Kraft called another man, who was walking home holding a pizza, “blackie” and told him to leave the country.

A witness filmed part of the interaction.

Kraft reportedly kicked and punched the victim in the head, knocking him to the ground. Kraft then wrapped a t-shirt around the victim’s neck and pulled it tight. Then, Kraft threw the other man to the ground, put his hands around the victim’s neck and choked him.

Kraft took the victim’s pizza and fled the scene.

Prior to the incident, Kraft was observed and filmed on store surveillance cameras.

Moments before the charged assault, an Asian man told the Safeway store manager that a white man (Kraft) was outside and bothering him in “an aggressive manner, yelling and cussing while trying to fight him,” according to court documents.

“Store video surveillance shows that the defendant in and out of the store before the attack, mingling with Caucasian customers without incident,” according to court documents. “He only appeared to target the Asian or Filipino complaintant, and the victim.”

Kraft was booked into King County Jail, where he remains on a $500,000 bail.

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