A woman from Houston faces a life sentence for wanting to expel Mexicans from the US with a hammer
A 60-year-old woman from Houston was arrested for attempting to attack a couple with a hammer, which she mistook for Mexicans.
Arturo Cordovez and his wife, Dr. Lia Franco was told that an aggressive woman who was later identified as Constance Lynn Bono pursued their car for some time. During the chase, she repeatedly insulted them and showed a hammer.
When the couple felt that conflict was inevitable and they were in danger, they called the police. Stopping at a gas station, Bono got out of her car with a hammer and began to threaten both of them.
“You Mexicans, get out of my F**ing country. Go back to your F**ing country,” Bono screamed.
Arturo Cordovez and his wife, Dr. Lia Franco, are natives of Ecuador who currently live in New Orleans where Lia is finishing her medical residency. In the last few months, Dr. Franco has been treating COVID-19 patients day after day. To decompress, the couple decided to spend the weekend in Houston over the Memorial Day holiday to unwind, reports Click2Houston.
In an exclusive interview with Click2Houston, Dr. Franco is more inclined to believe that a woman needs help rather than punishment.
“I think she needs help, she needs treatment, but that doesn’t justify the fact she needs to follow the laws of her country," Dr. Franco said. “If she broke the laws here, she needs to pay for what she did. But for me as a physician, I think the most important thing is she needs treatment, she needs help.”
To date, Constance Lynn Bono is being held in jail. Local police investigate the incident and trying to find out the motive for the attack.
According to court documents, Bono is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony with a punishment range of up to 20 years in prison. But if prosecutors believe racism was the motive, the charge could be enhanced to a first-degree felony, with a punishment range of up to life in prison.