MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A St. Paul woman with a history of assault convictions has been charged in connection with the unrelated and unprovoked attacks of two women on Nov. 14.
Ebony Monique Steward, 32, told police that she punched one woman for being a light-skinned black woman, according to the criminal complaint.
In a separate incident the same day, she pulled a woman to the ground and punched her in the back in the head because she was a “white girl in the hood,” the complaint said.
Both women assaulted said they had never seen Steward before. Steward now faces two fifth-degree felony assault charges in Ramsey County.
The first woman told police she was punched in the left eye around 2 p.m. as she was walking out of TJ’s Nails on University Avenue. Police noted her eye was swollen and bruised.
Steward said she punched the woman because she doesn’t like light-skinned people, because she can’t stand it when “b—–s” are in her way, because she didn’t like that she was getting her nails done and because the woman was “strutting her a– around and her boyfriend was in the area,” according to the complaint.
The two cops who spoke with Steward told her to leave the area, but soon after, they saw her punching a different woman in the back of her head.
The woman told police she was leaving JJ’s Fish and Chicken when Steward assaulted her.
Steward followed the woman as she scrambled toward her vehicle, pulled her to the ground, stood over her and punched her again in the head, according to the complaint.
Steward told police she didn’t like or trust white people.
“Get that white b—- out of my yard, out of the hood,” she told police, saying she was trying to help the woman before she met “someone who knew how to punch better or someone who might kill her,” the complaint said.
Steward said she has anger management problems requiring medication but that she didn’t have access to treatment.
Steward has been convicted of two counts of fourth-degree assaults of a police officer already this year. She also has five other fourth- and fifth-degree assault convictions between 2005 and 2007.
If convcited, she faces up to five years behind bars and a $10,000 fine.