Man charged over racially-motivated assault on Metro State worker

The suspect allegedly carried out another assault on a Mexican store manager an hour earlier.
Author:
Publish date:
Steven Parker

A man believed to have been behind a racially-motivated assault on a Metro State employee has been arrested and charged.

Steven Parker, 59, of no fixed address in St. Paul, was charged with simple robbery and third-degree assault for the incident on June 19.

He was picked up on Thursday in connection with an unrelated robbery, and has now been charged with two incidents on June 19, both of which carry racial undertones.

In the first incident, Parker began yelling at the store manager at a Walgreen's on Arcade Street, referencing the manager's Mexican heritage, before walking out carrying a video game and a bottle of detergent he hadn't paid for.

When the manager followed Parker outside, he charged at him, throwing both items at the manager.

He then returned with another man, later identified as Parker's 18-year-old son, Parker Steven Laframboise, and "both men punched and kicked the manager before running away on foot."

Just under an hour later, the 45-year-old Metro State employee was approached from behind by a man he later identified as Parker.

The employee was asked where he was from and why he was in this country. Parker then punched him in the side of the face, knocking off his glasses and an earbud.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

The victim suffered fractured orbital and maxillary sinus bones as a result.

A statement from Metro State read: "The university is committed to being a welcoming and safe environment for all.

"While we acknowledge that this arrest alone does not eradicate the possibility of future bias-related incidents, we do hope this brings a measure of relief to the university and surrounding community."

Parker's son has also been charged with simple robbery over the incident at Walgreen's.

Parker has three prior felony convictions for theft, receiving stolen property and second-degree assault.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-06-20 at 9.21.00 AM

Updates on Minnesotans bidding for spots at the Summer Olympics

St. Paul's Suni Lee could qualify for the U.S. gymnastics team this week.

golf cart

Federal charges: Minnesota man stole 63 golf carts in 7 states

Nathan Rodney Nelson has been federally charged with transportation of stolen vehicles across state lines.

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

1 dead, 1 wounded in separate St. Cloud shootings

It was one of two shootings that happened overnight in the city.

Byron Buxton

Buxton, Kepler lead Twins to weekend sweep over Rangers

Kenta Maeda's solid outing on the mound gave the Twins a 4-2 victory.

storm, severe weather

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for south Minnesota, tornadoes possible

The watch area is just to the south of the Twin Cities.

ambulance

10 injured when minivans collide, overturn in west-central Minnesota

The incident occurred at the intersection of County Road 1 and County Road 29 in Kandiyohi County.

William Carlson

Nearly 80 years later, Minnesotan honored for WWII heroism

He defended a sinking passenger ship from a U-boat.

ambulance, crash

Pedestrian fatally struck by driver in Brooklyn Park

The identity of the victim has not been released.

storm, severe weather, shelf cloud

Some storms could pack a punch Sunday afternoon

Widespread severe weather is not expected, but some storms could get feisty.

Related

4643306265_ee3fd83fa4_b

Racially-motivated assault reported at Metro State University

A university employee was attacked on the St. Paul campus.

Man, 21, charged over brutal attack outside Minnesota State Fair

The victim was left brain damaged and requires near constant care.

Screen Shot 2019-11-08 at 3.48.09 PM

DoorDash driver assaulted at Lake Minnetonka home says he was racially abused

The driver says the man punched him and told him to "go back to where you came from."

Charges: Man smashed car windows, used racial slurs in Bloomington

The Burnsville man also smashed his father's car windows, and threatened the Somali man's life.

Man sets fire to cabin, argues with parents, assaults deputy

The deputy required hospital treatment after the assault.

duluth police department

Man arrested for violent assault, robbery of 78-year-old in Duluth

The victim suffered stab wounds and broken bones in the attack.