David G Lythjohan‘s charges increased to include Hate Crimes.
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On July 9th 2020 Raychel Northington went grocery shopping with her four young children at Woodman’s in Madison Wisconsin. It was raining out so Raychel pulled up to the front of the store to let her children out at the door while she parked the car. As her children were getting out a man pulled up behind her and began yelling racial slurs and obscenities at them out his car window. As Raychel went to park her car the man, later identified as David G Lythjohan, followed her in his car. Once she had parked near the front door the man jumped out of his car, threw open her car door and began to punch and strangle her. She attempted to fight him off by kicking and punching him. Raychel’s young son witnessing this ran up to attempt to help. As he was trying to punch the man to get him off of his mother the man then turned his anger towards the child and began to strangle him. Raychel was able to get out of the car and began to punch the man. At this point he attempted to run away, pushing Raychel’s youngest child, a mere 4 year old baby, to the ground. The man was apprehended by Raychel and bystanders and held until police arrived on scene.
As of right now David G Lythjohan has only been charged with Assault and Battery. The psychological, emotional, and physical distress this has caused for this family is unimaginable. The racial slurs that were being used against this mother and her children show that this was a hate crime as described in Wisconsin state chapter 939 and should be penalized as such as described under Wisconsin State statute 939.645.
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