Daryl Doyles, 50, was identified by Baltimore authorities as the man who saw two Asian-American women clubbing in their liquor store
Illness footage from surveillance cameras captured a man hitting two Korean-American women with a cement block while trying to close their Baltimore liquor store for the evening.
Daryl Doyles, 50, was identified by local authorities as the attacker in the video. He has been arrested for the incident and is now facing two serious assault charges, but has not been charged with a hate crime.
Surveillance video released on Reddit shows an Asian woman in a gray shirt trying to close the door of Wonderland Liquors in Baltimore shortly before 11 p.m. Monday evening.
But she is pushed back into the store by a man in a red shirt – who the investigators say is Doyles, and who was wearing a cement block.
The attacker pushes the woman, while a male customer walks past the brawl and leaves the store.
The man and woman fight on the ground for nearly 20 seconds before a second woman, the sister of the first victim, appears in the picture. She immediately starts helping, but is hit hard with the same block.
Together the women try to force the man out the door, but he hits them both again with cement blocks and forces them to the ground.
Much of the fight then continues outside the store, largely blocked by the security camera, until the women return to the store alone.
One of the two turns out to be bleeding profusely from a wound on her head. Neither victim has been named.
Security video shows a man, presumably Daryl Doyles, entering Wonderland Liquors in Baltimore Monday night and assaulting two Korean-American sisters who work there
The first woman tried to fight back and forced her attacker out
Her sister ran to help her, but both women were overwhelmed by their assailant, who took blood as he hit them with the cement block.
The man in the video is presumably Daryl Doyles, who told the police the Washington Examiner, fled on foot before being arrested.
A motive for the beating has yet to be released, but John Yun, the son of one of the victims and the cousin of the other, said his mother had never seen Doyles prior to this altercation.
She is now facing serious physical wounds and her sister had to get 25 stitches on her head after the attack, Yun wrote in a GoFundMe he started to pay for his mother and aunt’s medical expenses.
Both women have since been released from hospital after CT scans from doctors have come back clear and are recovering at home.
“Their physical wounds will eventually heal, but the trauma from this attack will take longer,” said Yun.
He told CBS Baltimore that he feels ‘furious’ about the incident.
“It makes no sense why they would come here to make a living and be treated like that in a community that should embrace them, because we’ve been here for over 20 years,” he said. “We are part of this community.”
The victims suffered serious physical injuries, with John Yun’s aunt requiring 25 stitches
The victims, one of whom is depicted before the attack, were the owners of Wonderland Liquors and have been an integral part of the Baltimore community for 20 years, said family member John Yun.
It remains unclear whether the beating was racially motivated, but the altercation marks the latest in a series of attacks on Asian-Americans.
Another Asian woman was attacked with a hammer in Manhattan on Monday, and in March a man called the Asian-American woman an ‘ugly a ** ch ** k’ after asking him to put his face mask on a Miami bus . .
“It’s not about Asian, white, black or whatever, this is humanity,” said Bilal Ali, a former representative from the Baltimore district where the liquor store attack took place.
He told CBS he wants justice for the sexual assault ‘because imagine watching a video upside down, imagine what you would find if your mother was attacked’.
The victims are represented by former US Attorney Robert Hur, who now works in the private sector, through the Alliance for Asian American Justice.
“ We will continue to work with law enforcement to ensure that the attacker is brought to justice, ” said Hur WBAL TV. “While we are still learning the facts, one thing is clear: such shocking acts of violence against fellow members of our wards cannot continue.”
“I urge everyone to do everything they can to raise awareness and speak out against bias, hatred and violence against all members of our city and community, including Asian Americans.”