Authorities in Redmond, Washington are searching for a white man in his mid-20s who is suspected of leaving a Ku Klux Klan robe at a Black-owned consignment store.
The owner of Rags to Riches, Leona Coakley-Spring, said the man who is considered the primary suspect sold her a bag containing the robe on Wednesday. Coakley remembered that while the conversation was at first “nice and normal,” the interaction changed as the man began acting suspiciously before hastily leaving the store.
Coakley-Spring remembers opening the bag, and first thinking the white robe was a priest robe. “Then I saw the hood, and the hood had two eyes cut out, and then it came to me. He’s from a hate group and he wanted me to open the bag in front of him,” she said. Coakley-Spring added that since the event, she has been unable to sleep at night.“This is just so horrific, it makes me walk around all paranoid.”
Police have said that they found a loose rope that was in the bag with the KKK robes, which had two patches resembling the blood-drop symbol of the KKK. Cops have asked that anyone with information come forward, adding, “We don’t really know exactly what’s happening.” Though there's no word about pressing charges, law enforcement adds, “what we really want to is interview this man.”
Watch Coakley-Spring talk about the horrible experience to local news, below:
Photo: Leona Coakley-Spring and Shane Coakley (Screenshot/Fox13)