Asian woman stabbed to death while walking her dogs in California

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Asian woman, 64, is stabbed to death walking dogs in California, while police say attack was ‘completely random’ and not racially motivated

  • Ke Chieh Meng, 64, was stabbed Saturday morning in Riverside, California
  • Police said she was left bleeding on the sidewalk and died in a hospital
  • Darlene Stephanie Montoya, 23, was arrested near the scene and charged with murder
  • Meng’s death came when the US was devastated by a series of random attacks on Asian Americans
  • However, the police said they did not believe the stabbing was racially motivated
  • Hundreds of people in New York City took to the streets on Sunday to protest the alarming rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in the city and across the country.

An Asian-American woman was stabbed to death walking her dogs in Southern California in what police called a “ completely random ” attack.

The incident took place at around 7:30 a.m. local time on Saturday in the La Sierra neighborhood of Riverside. KTLA reported.

Ke Chieh Meng, 64, sustained multiple stab wounds to her abdomen and was left bleeding on the floor. She was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

The alleged attacker, 23-year-old Darlene Stephanie Montoya, was arrested near the scene and is now charged with murder.

Ke Chieh Meng, 64, (pictured) was stabbed to death walking her dogs in Southern California in what police called a 'completely random' attack Saturday

Ke Chieh Meng, 64, (pictured) was stabbed to death walking her dogs in Southern California in what police called a ‘completely random’ attack Saturday

Meng’s death came when the US was devastated by a series of random attacks on Asian Americans.

However, the police said they did not believe the stabbing was racially motivated.

“There was nothing to indicate that the victim had been attacked because of her ethnicity,” said Ryan Railsback, Riverside Police spokesman. New York Post

Montoya has been described as a ‘transient’ with a history of drug use and fighting law enforcement.

‘We are going to try to do research [the suspect’s] history of substance abuse and its history of mental health, ‘Railsback said.

He added that researchers are “not closing the door on anything.”

On Saturday, Montoya was arrested a second time in less than a week, after she was detained on March 30 for allegedly assaulting a white woman with a skateboard in a shopping center.

She was charged with assault with a deadly weapon in the earlier incident, but was released without bail due to COVID-19 restrictions, according to the Post.

On Saturday, Montoya was admitted to the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of murder, a gun violation and being under the influence of an illegal substance.

According to prison records, she is being held without bail.

Darlene Stephanie Montoya, 23, (pictured) was admitted to the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of murder, gun trespass and being under the influence of an illegal substance

Darlene Stephanie Montoya, 23, (pictured) was admitted to the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of murder, gun trespass and being under the influence of an illegal substance

Darlene Stephanie Montoya, 23, (pictured) was admitted to the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of murder, gun trespass and being under the influence of an illegal substance

Hundreds of people in New York City took to the streets on Sunday to protest an alarming rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans in the city and across the country.

The ‘Stop Asian Hate’ started in Foley Square in Manhattan before the participants marched through City Hall Park and across the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza.

The NYPD says at least 33 hate crimes have been committed with an Asian victim so far this year – after 2020, the number of such crimes had increased by more than 800 percent from the year before.

Many believe the hate crimes were fueled by the fact that the coronavirus originated in China, causing the perpetrators to target arbitrary Asian-Americans as scapegoats.

Hundreds of people in New York City took to the streets on Sunday to protest an alarming rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans in the city and across the country.

Hundreds of people in New York City took to the streets on Sunday to protest an alarming rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans in the city and across the country.

Hundreds of people in New York City took to the streets on Sunday to protest an alarming rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans in the city and across the country.

A woman holds a sign saying 'I'm not a virus, hate is' during New York City's 'Stop Asian Hate' rally on Sunday

A woman holds a sign saying 'I'm not a virus, hate is' during New York City's 'Stop Asian Hate' rally on Sunday

A woman holds a sign saying ‘I’m not a virus, hate is’ during New York City’s ‘Stop Asian Hate’ rally on Sunday

The 'Stop Asian Hate' rally started in Foley Square in Manhattan before the participants marched through City Hall Park and across the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza

The 'Stop Asian Hate' rally started in Foley Square in Manhattan before the participants marched through City Hall Park and across the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza

The ‘Stop Asian Hate’ rally started in Foley Square in Manhattan before the participants marched through City Hall Park and across the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza

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