Police in Seattle are searching for a white man who dropped off a KKK robe at a clothing store owned by a black woman.
Leona Coakley-Spring owns Rags to Riches Consignment, which she opened only a few months ago, in an affluent suburb of Seattle. She was shocked this week when a white man brought in a bag of dresses which also contained the racist attire.
Coakley-Spring believes it was a threat.
“‘You can’t be a black business owner in downtown Redmond, you can’t be here,’” she said. “I didn’t know what to do or what to say. It was just so horrifying.”
Her son, Shane Coakley, took photos of the robe and hood and called police.
Police released a composite sketch of the suspect and said they are taking the case seriously, stepping up patrols near Coakley-Spring’s store. ABC13 reports the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.