15-year-old Washington boy is arrested for a random attack on an Asian couple in which the man has a broken rib after a video of the attack on TV by the victims’ daughter
- A teenager has been arrested for a random attack on an Asian couple
- The attack took place in November in Tacoma, Washington – a suburb of Seattle
- But recently images surfaced online and were seen by the victims’ daughters
- The suspect allegedly assaulted the couple while walking home, leaving the man with a broken rib, according to court documents
- The suspect, who is now 15 years old but was only 14 at the time of the sexual assault, was identified using community tips, police say.
- He is facing a charge of second-degree assault
- A spike in hate crimes against Asian-Americans has been reported since March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic led to a shutdown.
A teenager was arrested on Friday for a random attack on an Asian couple in November, after images of the attack surfaced online and seen on the news by the victims’ daughter.
The attack took place in the late afternoon of November 19, 2020 in Tacoma, Washington – a suburb of Seattle.
The attack began when the suspect intentionally bumped into the male victim as the couple walked home, court documents allege.
The suspect, who has not been named by the police, then allegedly started beating the male victim and eventually breaking one of his ribs.
The incident was reported to the police at the time, but footage of the attack has only recently appeared online, KING 5 reports.
The victims’ daughter called the police after seeing the footage on the news.
A teenager is under arrest for assaulting an Asian couple in November
The suspect, who is now 15 years old but was only 14 at the time of the attack, was identified using community tips, police said.
The minor is facing a charge of second-degree assault and his first appearance in court was scheduled for Friday. He has not currently been charged with a hate crime.
The first report claimed there were two young black suspects, although only one person was arrested on Friday.
No motive was given for the attack.
According to KOMO News, the suspect had a hearing on an unrelated robbery on Friday, where he was taken into custody.
In an interview with KIRO 7, the male victim said, “I just don’t understand why I was attacked.”
The victim also expressed forgiveness to his attacker and asked him to grow up from the incident.
The arrest comes amid an increase in anti-Asian violence in the United States.
Last month, six Asian women were among the eight people killed in a series of mass shootings in the Atlanta area.
A motive other than hate has been given in the case, but investigators are still looking at the possibility of a hate crime.
The video shows the suspect beating an Asian man, resulting in a broken rib
The suspect in the case has not yet been charged with a hate crime in the incident
Earlier this week, a man was charged with a hate crime in New York City after kicking an elderly Asian woman to the ground and then kicking her repeatedly while onlookers watched.
Brandon Elliot was charged with two charges of second-degree assault as a hate crime and one charge of first-degree attempted sexual assault as a hate crime.
A spike in hate crimes against Asian-Americans has been reported since March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic led to a shutdown.
Much of the anti-Asian sentiment has been blamed on inflammatory language about the Covid-19 pandemic, dubbed the “China virus” by former President Donald Trump.
Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday ordered a review of how the Justice Department can best use its resources to combat hate crimes amid an increase in incidents targeting Asian-Americans.
Garland published a department-wide memo announcing the 30-day review, highlighting the “ recent upsurge in hate crimes and hate incidents, particularly the troubling trend in reports of violence against members of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community since the inception of the pandemic. ‘
Joe Biden recently announced that $ 49.5 million from COVID-19 emergency relief funds would go to programs that help victims of anti-Asian violence.