AUBURN (CBS13) — A mother is fearing for her life after being confronted by a group of men who threatened to kill her and her 6-month-old baby while donning white sheets.
Hannah Josefson says the men shouted derogatory words as they drove by her in a shopping center in Auburn.
“I felt a tightness in my stomach and just grab my kid and go,” she said. “I believe there were four of them, wearing white sheets, even the person driving, had a white sheet over him, with holes cut out for eyes.”
She didn’t want to show her face on camera, for fear of retaliation, but says she was out on Tuesday evening when the white van pulled up beside her with men waving Confederate flags and shouting derogatory words.
“They’re like ‘we hate you, we want to kill you, we wish you guys would die,’” she said. “I felt they were representing the KKK.”
Not knowing their true intentions, Hannah held on to her son and ran off, immediately calling her boyfriend, Gabriel Bingham
“I could believe it; I’m like what? Out here in Auburn? That’s unheard of,” he said.
He immediately contacted police.
“You’re trying to stand for something that is just hate and to bring that in our town is disgusting it’s sad,” he said.
Many community members we spoke to believe this isn’t an isolated incident.
“No, it’s not isolated,” said Pierre who works in Auburn. “It maybe has escalated to sheets and garb but the root of what that is has been here.”
This family is now hoping no one else becomes a victim.