A couple that came to Canada from Colombia to get away from the war and atrocities over there, were attacked in the parking lot of the strip mall in St Thomas by 36-year-old Mr Mark Philips, who they say started shouting at them for no reason claiming they were part of ISIS.
The couple, Ms Mari Zambrano and Mr Sergio Estepa, were together with their son when it happened. They took a video of the whole happening which has since then been widely shared on social media.
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"He started saying we don't belong here, that we are speaking French. But we were not speaking French, we were speaking Spanish. We don't know him," said Mr Estepa.
"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."
"At some point he started to charge my son, and I went in front."
"Only one person helped us. It happened at 4:30, in a mall with a movie theatre and many stores. It's quite an active mall. We were surprised that they pretended that nothing happened."
The person helping out was a former vice principal at their son's elementary school, who approached the family and told them she would give a statement to police to help.
"She is a person with courage," Mr Estepa stated.
In the end, police arrived at the scene and Mr Mark Phillips as charged with aggravated assault and three counts of assault with a weapon.
Police Sergeant Brian Carnegie commented on the events, which he claimed were "racially motivated."
"This was an isolated and quite disturbing incident. Hopefully it remains isolated."
"It's quite disturbing for any community, never mind the community of St. Thomas. Not only being a police officer in this community but a member of this community, I'm shocked and outraged that something like this would happen."