Incident Summary:

04/16/2019: An assailant in a truck attempted to run over an interracial couple at the parking lot of Birdies Service Station at 3738 Airline Drive in Metairie, Louisiana, United States. At least one person was injured in the attack. James Descant, a White extremist, was arrested in connection with the attack. Sources noted that Descant had disdain for interracial couples and also had a previous altercation with the couple a week earlier at a motel.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at 3738 Airline drive.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Interracial Couple
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A truck was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
White supremacists/nationalists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Hate charge: White man drove car at interracial couple," Associated Press Newswires, April 24, 2019.
"A white driver faces hate crime charges after he allegedly tried to hit an interracial couple with his truck," CNN Wire, April 20, 2019.