A Norwood Park man has been charged with a hate crime after he jumped off his porch and yelled racial slurs as he chased a woman who works at a nearby hospital, according to police.
Tom Diamond was also charged with misdemeanor assault after the incident Saturday evening.
The woman said she had just finished a 12-hour shift at Presence Resurrection Medical Center and was walking to a Mexican restaurant nearby around 7:30 p.m. Saturday when she was confronted by Diamond outside his home in the 5800 block of North Oketo Avenue.
“Hey you stupid black n—– b—-, how does it feel to walk in an all-white neighborhood?” Diamond, 45, yelled from his porch, according to a police report.
The woman said she kept walking and Diamond yelled, “You hear me? You must be from Englewood,” the police report states.
The woman, who was wearing a nurse’s uniform and had a stethoscope around her neck, told Diamond, “I’m not from around here” and said she worked at Resurrection Medical Center.
Diamond, who is white, then got off the porch and ran after her, screaming, “If I see you in my neighborhood again, I’m going to ra*e you and hang you from a tree,” the police report said.
“He jumped off his porch and chased me down,” the woman said. He tried to grab her but I was able to get away, she said.
Officers arrested Diamond at 8:10 p.m. at his home, police said.