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Kid at lemonade stand attacked with urine-filled balloon

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FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. -

A 12-year old boy operating a lemonade stand was apparently hit with a urine-filled balloon. Minutes later, the youth was told to "Go back to Africa." It happened in the heart of prosperous and well-educated Fairfax County, Virginia.

FOX 5 has now learned that a second African American family at the same apartment complex may also have been victimized with a urine-filled balloon.

The Camden Monument Place Apartments are an exceptionally well-maintained complex located in the heart of Fairfax County, not far from the government center.

A 12-year-old African American boy often sets up a lemonade stand in a courtyard of the complex. On July 8th, according to a search warrant, a person weaning a full body leotard approached the boy. Police describe the leotard as one displaying a design of "human internal anatomy."

The adult approaching the youth appeared to be carrying a water balloon. The youngster, fearing he would be hit by the balloon, asked the costumed assailant not to throw it. The balloon was thrown, and it hit the kid in the thigh. The assailant then left by entering an apartment building in the complex, according to a police document.

Shortly thereafter, a male voice was heard from a second or third floor of the building saying, "Go back to Africa you [n-word]. It was only piss."

An independent witness told police the youngster did smell of urine after the attack, according to an affidavit in support of a search warrant.

Fairfax County Police have opened a racial bias investigation. Residents are shocked. "It, it's sad. It's very sad. It's, I can't believe it," said Denise Mountcastle, a resident of the complex. Asked if she's every heard disparaging racial comments among residents, Mountcastle shook her head, "No. No, never before. I've been here about four years, and [haven't] seen [that] around here."

There may have been another victim. The owner of a custom Harley Davidson "Road Glide" motorcycle is also African American. Four days before the lemonade stand incident, the motorcycle was parked in the complex's underground garage.

The owner, a 37-year-old man, told reporters, "[I] noticed this side of my bike was wet. Completely wet. And I just walked over to the bike to walk around it, and there's only one side wet. And there's a child's balloon -- pieces of it -- on my bike and on the ground."

At the time, the biker presumed his motorcycle had been hit by a water balloon. He wiped off the liquid with rags. After hearing of the lemonade stand attack, the motorcycle owner has called police to report his balloon incident.

The motorcyclist, a former Marine, prefers to not be identified. He, too, says he has never heard racially offensive language among residents. But he has taken to walking his wife to and from her car.

Fairfax County police are mounting an active investigation, but no arrest has been made.


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