Cracker Barrel Hate-Crime Victim Fears Retaliation after Assailant’s Release from Jail

Tasha Hill, the African-American victim of a hate-crime beating inside a Morrow, Ga., Cracker Barrel restaurant last month, says she is afraid for the safety of herself and her daughter after her alleged assailant was released from jail.

Troy Dale West Jr., 47, was indicted on charges of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, first degree cruelty to children, two counts of battery and two counts of disorderly conduct. Police say that West beat Hill inside the Morrow Cracker Barrel restaurant in front of her 7-year-old daughter, employees and other customers, while West shouted racial slurs at Hill.

“I don’t think this was a momentary loss of control,” Hill said. “Based on the Cracker Barrel incident, I think Mr. West’s anger is deeply rooted in racial hatred, and he could still very easily seek to harm me and my daughter in some way now that he has been released.”

A  judge set a $325,500 bond for West. Hill has been working with the Clayton County Victim Witness Assistance Program, and West has been ordered to wear an ankle-monitoring bracelet for added security.