New Hampshire

Inn Manager Faces Hate Crime Charge After Shoving Couple Over Refund Dispute

The Covered Bridge Riverview's manager, Priscilla Protasowicki, was convicted in 2011 of a simple assault for another confrontation with a guest

A manager at a New Hampshire inn is accused of shoving a couple she thought were Muslim after getting into a dispute over a refund.

Priscilla Protasowicki, who manages the Covered Bridge Riverview Lodge in Jackson, said Tuesday the couple became upset April 20 when they arrived and saw a 9/11 first-responder's badge in the lobby. They demanded a refund, but refunds aren't possible under the inn's policy.

The attorney general's office accused 32-year-old Protasowicki of assaulting the couple, identified as Mohamed Ghallami and Chahrazade Mounaji, when she tried to remove them from the inn. Protasowicki denies that.

Protasowicki was indicted July 20 on two misdemeanor counts of simple assault. They're subject to increased penalties under the state's hate-crime law. She also faces civil rights violations.

She was convicted of simple assault after a 2011 confrontation with a guest.

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