NY couple accused of racially motivated attack on Mystic hotel clerk appear in court amid protests

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)– A Mystic hotel clerk was reportedly attacked by two guests last year and she says it was racially motivated. The surveillance video released following the attack was disturbing to many. Wednesday, protesters supporting the victim, Crystal Caldwell, chanted as the New York couple accused of the attack arrived at New London Superior Court.

“Hey hey ho ho, these racist folks have got to go,” said protesters.

Philip Sarner and Emily Orbay made hand gestures and blew kisses toward them before entering the courthouse.

“You can tell from his behavior that he has no remorse,” said Caldwell’s attorney M. John Strafaci. “The only thing that he is sorry about is that he was caught.”

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What was caught on surveillance video was the couple’s alleged attack on Caldwell who was working as a clerk at the Quality Inn in Mystic last June.

“It’s gonna be a long long time that I don’t stop dreaming about his stepping and kicking, stepping on my head,” said Caldwell. “It’s going to be a long time.”

Caldwell who says Sarner called her a monkey as he kicked and hit her believes the attack was racially motivated. Both Sarner and Orbay face charges of intimidation due to bias as well as assault.

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“In total it would mean he would be sentenced to nine years, suspended after serving five years,” said Strafaci.

Orbay’s offer includes a sentence of six years, suspended after serving two.

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