Colombian Immigrant Family Attacked by Man with Bat Shouting ‘ISIS’

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On Thursday afternoon, a Colombian-Canadian family was attacked by a Canadian man with a baseball bat who claimed they were part of ISIS because they were speaking Spanish.

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Sergio Estepa told CBC News that he and his partner, Mari Zambrano were meeting up with their son when, "Out of the blue this guy starts yelling at us. He called me a terrorist, that I'm ISIS, I don't know, maybe because of my beard." Estepa recalled, "At some point he started to charge my son, and I went in front." When Estepa stepped in to protect his 13-year-old son, he suffered a cracked rib and severe bruising.

"Only one person helped us. We were surprised that they pretended that nothing happened," Estepa said.

That person happened to be a former vice principal at their son's elementary school. She approached the family and told them she'd give a statement to police.

"She is a person with courage," Estepa said.

Mark Philips, 36, was charged with aggravated assault and three counts for assault with a weapon. He was denied bail and will appear at Elgin County Courthouse today for racially attacking a family in a mall parking lot in St. Thomas, Ontario.

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Zambrano shared the horrific attack on her Instagram page. The video shows Phillips charging at the family with his baseball bat and screams can be heard in the background.



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