Missouri Man Arrested and Charged With A Felony Over His Comments To Waitress

Tommy Dean Gaa, 65
Tommy Dean Gaa, 65
Tommy Dean Gaa, 65

A white northwest Missouri man has been charged with felony assault after he allegedly confronted a black waitress while she served him breakfast.

Tommy Dean Gaa, 65, ordered breakfast at a local business in Maryville, Missouri, on Sunday where he was being served by an African-American employee. According to reports, the waitress first asked Gaa if he wanted white or wheat toast, to which the man responded: “I’m prejudiced. I’ll take white.”

Moments later, Gaa approached the waitress and grabbed her by the arm in such a way that she suffered bruises. He then asked her if she “liked to party.” Gaa, according to a probable cause statement, then made a racist comment towards the woman.

“I have a place I would like to take you where I hung your grandpa,” he allegedly said. According to a police report, Gaa also made a comment about there being “good and bad” people of all races, and then reportedly used an offensive term for African Americans.

Gaa was arrested and charged with felony assault motivated by discrimination. Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice said that while the racist remarks were bad enough, the man crossed the line when he grabbed the woman’s arm.

Gaa was released from Nodaway County Jail on $4,900 bond.

Sources: Fox 2 Now, Maryville Daily Forum

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