Sacto 9-1-1
July 5, 2013
Scuffle escalates into alleged hate crime at Auburn mini-mart

Auburn officers say that a man who wanted to take a cool drink on a very hot day got arrested for a hate crime on Thursday.

Officers responded to a 7-Eleven convenience market, 500 Auburn Ravine Road, about 10 a.m. Thursday where they say James Counts, 20, got into a scuffle with a store clerk. The clerk had accused Counts of taking a fountain drink from the store without paying.

Police say that during the incident, Counts allegedly made derogatory comments about the clerk's race. The clerk received minor injuries but he did not seek medical treatment.

Counts was arrested on suspicion of robbery and committing a hate crime, police said.

His bail was set at $50,000.

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