Racist couple who threw beer at immigrant family on Long Island train in video gets FIRED
A viral video that shows a racist attack in a Long Island train has led to the firing of two employees — Kristen Caravana and Justin Likerman — by a Toyota dealership. The incident occurred on Monday night, January 10, when an immigrant family, including a 10-year-old, were returning home from a New York Knicks game.
The video shows beer being thrown at the immigrant family and a man can be seen yelling at them, "Look straight! Don't f**king look at me! I'm going to get arrested tonight!" After another passenger tells the man that the argument is not worth getting arrested over, the yelling man responds, "I know it's not worth it, but these f**king foreigners ain't taking over my f**king country!"
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SHARE!!!EXPOSE THE RACISTS!— Osman Canales (@Osman_C1) January 12, 2022
This is a hate attack that happened ron #LongIsland this week 1/10/2022 to a family and a 10 yr old, while in the #LIRR Train.Identified as Kristen Digesaro boyfriend Justin likerman both work @ HuntingtonEmpireToyota631-364-0172#LongIsland #HateCrime pic.twitter.com/mWT9nv5YHS
The video has been posted on Facebook by Osman Canales, founder of Long Island Immigrant Student Advocates. Canales wrote, "The family is pressing charges and they asked us to share this to expose these people. I am in contact with the family and they really need our support." He further added, "They are very concerned and traumatized by this aggression. They confirmed what happened to them."
According to Canales, the victim said, “Please help me catch this couple that harassed me because I'm an immigrant. They also threw beer at us (my friend also has an accent). My 10-year-old witnessed this. They ruined my son's first basketball game experience. Someone else recorded this but by the time the officers showed up, they left the station. I'm too nervous to talk right now and the footage is bad. If you hear anything, please let me know so that I can add it to the police report.”
Canales identified the attackers as Kristen Caravana and Justin Likerman, a couple who worked as car dealership employees in Huntington, New York, and he further encouraged people to contact Toyota.
On January 14, Toyota of Huntington announced that the two employees involved in the incident had been fired. The dealership wrote on Facebook, "Empire Toyota ownership and management were outraged by the event involving two of its employees this past Monday night on the Long Island Railroad."
"The two employees were suspended when we first heard about this incident, and as our investigation just concluded, they have been terminated. The heart and soul of our labor force is extremely diverse and we value our employees beyond description. Further, our company’s deep support—financial and in-kind of Long Island’s diverse communities is a matter of public record. We can say without hesitation that whatever occurred on that LIRR train is in no way reflective of our company, its ownership, its management team, nor its employees."