The woman accused of using racist language during a confrontation with students at the University of Colorado Boulder earlier this month was found by police during a traffic stop for expired tags, and did not address the incident with police at that time.
Rebekah Krajacic, 33, was arrested on a misdemeanor count of harassment on Friday.
According to the affidavit, a CU police officer pulled Krajacic over near the Boulder Best Western Inn, 770 28th St., which is just west of the university’s Kittredge area.
The officer initially pulled Krajacic over for expired registration, but then recognized Krajacic as being wanted by CU police in connection with an incident on Oct. 6 and placed her under arrest.
Krajacic did not address police about the incident during the traffic stop, according to the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, two students were studying in the engineering building when they saw Krajacic in a room across the hallway sitting in the dark with no computer and looking at one of the students in a “very disrespectful way.”
The student, who is black, told police he opened the door to the room Krajacic was in and asked her if everything was OK. The students told police Krajacic asked why they were stalking her, and said “disrespectful” things to him.
The students initially thought nothing of the encounter and went back to studying. But they told police that about three minutes later, Krajacic gathered her belongings and began yelling at the student and telling him there were a bunch of black people stalking her.
The students said this is the first time Krajacic began using a racial slur and the point when one of them began to record the incident on a phone.
The student said Krajacic used the slur three to four times before leaving, and said the incident made him feel “uncomfortable,” “less valued,” “profiled.” The student said he would be willing to pursue criminal charges, pointing out “this is the year 2019, and this should not be tolerated,” and that there should be some consequences for the woman’s actions.
Video of the incident was shared and went viral on social media, and has sparked calls for reform at CU Boulder.
While Krajacic will likely face a formal filing of charges later this week, the charge with which she was arrested on states, “A person commits harassment if, with intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person, he or she: Repeatedly insults, taunts, challenges, or makes communications in offensively coarse language to, another in a manner likely to provoke a violent or disorderly response,” according to Colorado Revised Statutes.
The affidavit identifies Krajacic as being born in Ohio and having family in Florida, though she currently lists her address as Boulder. She is not affiliated with the university, and the affidavit does not list any employment.
According to the affidavit, family members are concerned Krajacic suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, but Krajacic told police she only suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
At this time, Krajacic remains in custody at the Boulder County Jail.
Editor’s note: The video of the incident on campus Sunday contains offensive language and viewer discretion advised.