An Idaho woman is behind bars owing to a bizarre case of assault filed against her. She allegedly attacked a Jewish female in an attempt to “convert” her to Christianity.
Margurite Dawn Haragan, 58, is facing felony charges after police say she attacked a Jewish acquaintance, stomping on the woman’s neck as part of a bizarre bid to convert her to Christianity. She has been charged with two counts of malicious harassment in an attack police have labeled a hate crime.
Prosecutors stated the unprovoked attack happened when Haragan turned-up at the victim’s home Feb. 5. Though the prosecutors aren’t yet sure how the two women know each other, Haragan stood in front of the house and started yelling, said Ada County Prosecutor Dave Roscheck.
“The defendant was banging on the front window yelling at her that she better believe in Jesus and she was not going to leave until she did believe in Jesus. The victim opened her door to tell Haragan to leave and to write down her license plate number.”
That’s when the suspect slapped her in the face and dragged her to the ground by her hair, continued Roscheck,
“The defendant began kicking the victim in the stomach and thigh area. During this time the defendant was screaming at the victim that she better accept Jesus or she would not let up.”
Prosecutors claim Haragan stepped onto the victim’s, identified only as A.G., neck as she lay on the ground, pressing down with her foot and pulling up on the woman’s head and hair. Fearing her life, A.G. agreed that she would become a Christian.
The trick to placate Haragan worked, as she let A.G. go. However two days later, she was back, allege prosecutors. Haragan carved “death bin bond” into the victim’s mailbox and cut up her mail as well.
The matter took an even bizarre turn after Haragan was arrested on a felony warrant. She informed the presiding judge, “I am a sworn-in deputy of Ada County and I also give my oath that what I say is legal and binding.”
Incidentally, the woman has no official record of having served in any of the offices, neither does she have any affiliation with their county or sheriff’s office.
Roscheck successfully argued to set the bail money on the higher side, fearing for the safety of the victim. If convicted, Haragan faces up to five years in prison for each count.
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