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Man who attacked Filipino family in North Hollywood drive-thru arrested, charged with hate crimes

  • Nicholas Weber, 31, who reportedly harassed and attacked a Filipino family at a McDonald’s drive-thru in North Hollywood on May 13, was arrested and charged with hate crime enhancements in Orange County at around 7:40 p.m. on June 16.
  • The suspect purportedly rear-ended Nerissa Roque’s car, told her and her daughter Patricia that they were "so Asian" and threatened to kill them. He then allegedly assaulted Gabriel Roque, who arrived at the scene minutes after being called by Patricia, and later choked Nerissa.
  • Weber was arrested on an outstanding felony assault warrant from the Los Angeles Police Department. He is facing charges of felony battery causing serious bodily injury and misdemeanor battery, both with hate crime enhancements, according to court records.
  • On Wednesday, authorities announced that Weber is back in custody in Los Angeles. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday.

The man who reportedly harassed and attacked a Filipino family at a McDonald’s drive-thru in North Hollywood last month has been arrested and charged with hate crime enhancements.

Nicholas Weber, 31, was arrested in Orange County at around 7:40 p.m. on June 16, Costa Mesa Police Department spokesperson Roxi Fyad said in a statement. Authorities reportedly received a call about a man “possibly passed out on the sidewalk” and later identified him as Weber.

Florida woman charged with hate crimes, held on $20,000 bail for anti-Asian pepper spray attack

  • Madeline Barker, 47, has been charged with hate crimes in connection to a pepper spray attack against four Asian women in New York City’s Meatpacking District on June 11.
  • Part of the incident was caught in a now-viral video, which shows a woman in pink threatening people around her with what appeared to be pepper spray.
  • Barker, a resident of Merritt Island, Florida, admitted to being the woman involved in the incident, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

A woman accused of pepper-spraying four Asian women in New York City’s Meatpacking District earlier this month has been arrested and charged with hate crimes.

Madeline Barker, 47, was charged on Saturday with assault as a hate crime, attempted assault as a hate crime and harassment as a hate crime for the June 11 incident at the intersection of 14th Street and Ninth Avenue in Chelsea.

California church mass shooter charged with hate crimes, faces death penalty

  • Hate crime enhancements have been added to five attempted murder charges against David Wenwei Chou, the Las Vegas man accused of opening fire at the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, on May 15.
  • Handwritten notes showed that Chou, 68, was “upset about political tensions between China and Taiwan,” according to authorities. Ahead of the shooting, he sent a document titled “Diary of an Angel Destroying Independence” to World Journal, a Chinese-language newspaper.
  • Chou was born and raised in Taiwan after his family was forced out of mainland China. Those who knew him said his life was going south ahead of the shooting.
  • If convicted of his crimes, Chou will be eligible for the death penalty.

The Las Vegas man accused of firing multiple rounds at the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, last month has been charged with hate crimes, prosecutors announced on Friday.

David Wenwei Chou, 68, allegedly opened fire at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in the 24000 block of El Toro Road just before 1:30 p.m. on May 15, targeting congregants during a luncheon held in honor of a former pastor visiting from Taiwan.

California man charged with hate crimes for assaulting Hispanic, Asian T-Mobile workers

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  • Clifford Stewart, 61, has been charged with assault, vandalism and hate crimes after allegedly physically assaulting a Hispanic T-Mobile employee while yelling racial slurs at her and her Asian co-worker in Cupertino, California.
  • The incident started when Stewart removed a store sign and tossed it into the street, prosecutors said.
  • When the pair of employees retrieved the sign, Stewart allegedly yelled “[Expletive] Chinese, you don’t belong here,” and “stupid Mexicans.”
  • He then allegedly kicked the Hispanic worker in the stomach and punched her in the face after she told him she would call the police.
  • Stewart was apprehended shortly after and threatened to kill the arresting officer, whom he also called “a Mexican [expletive],” according to the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office.

A 61-year-old man has been charged with felony hate crimes after allegedly physically assaulting a Hispanic T-Mobile employee while yelling racial slurs at her and her Asian co-worker in Cupertino, California, last week.

Prosecutors said the June 1 incident started when Clifford Stewart, 61, removed a T-Mobile sign leading to the store on Stevens Creek Boulevard and tossed it into the street. A Hispanic employee, 38, and her Asian coworker, 33, both witnessed the incident and left the store to retrieve the sign.

Only 3% of reported anti-Asian attacks in NYC led to hate crime convictions, new report finds

  • The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) released a report highlighting that only seven out of the 233 reported anti-Asian attacks in New York City during the first three quarters of 2021 resulted in hate crime convictions.
  • According to Elaine Chiu, Professor of Law at St. John's University, 91 of the reported incidents led to an arrest, and only 41 of these were charged as hate crimes by local prosecutors.
  • Chiu noted that the majority of the victims fell approximately between the ages of 29 and 49, with around 55% of all incidents involving a female victim.
  • Eva Zhao, whose husband Zhiwen Yan was fatally shot in April while delivering food in Queens, called upon authorities for an arrest during the press conference.
  • AABANY board member Chris Kwok listed nine recommendations to address the hate incidents, which include improving hate crime data reporting and implementing reforms to the hate crimes law.

Only 3% of all the reported attacks against Asian Americans in New York City during the first three quarters of 2021 led to hate crime convictions, a recent analysis of local data revealed.

The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) reviewed police and court system records in the city and found that out of the 233 reported attacks, only seven resulted in hate crime convictions. 

BTS to meet President Biden at White House to discuss anti-Asian hate crimes

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  • BTS will meet with President Biden at the White House on Tuesday, May 31, to talk about Asian inclusion, representation and the surge in anti-Asian hate crimes.
  • The upcoming meeting will take place on the last day of AAPI Heritage Month, marking the conclusion of the White House’s initiatives toward the celebration.
  • BTS have been outspoken about anti-Asian hate and previously used their platform to condemn the violence and discrimination.

K-pop supergroup BTS will meet President Biden at the White House on Tuesday, May 31, to “discuss Asian inclusion and representation” and “address anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination,” rounding out Biden’s AAPI Heritage Month initiatives.

“President Biden has previously spoken about his commitment to combating the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes,” a statement from the White House reads. “President Biden and BTS will also discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and BTS’ platform as youth ambassadors who spread a message of hope and positivity across the world.” 

Sikh man’s lawsuit alleges Sutter County delayed hate crime investigation, cops washed away evidence

  • Rouble Claire, a 66-year-old Sikh American man from Sutter County, California, has filed a lawsuit against the county, its deputies and two women he accused of racist threats.
  • According to court documents, a woman subjected Claire to verbal abuse and racist threats at the South Butte Market on May 11, 2021. No officers arrived to check on him after he called 911.
  • He was also threatened at his home by a different woman on the same day.
  • "I have been subject to threats, harassment, and racial slurs – yet almost a full year later, no one has been held accountable," Claire said in a statement.
  • Claire’s lawyers, Gina Szeto-Wong and Sean Tamura-Sato, filed a civil lawsuit against the defendants and are now preparing for the first hearing in August.

A first-generation Sikh American has filed a lawsuit against Sutter County in California, its deputies and two women he accused of racist threats. 

Rouble Claire, 66, reportedly suffered verbal abuse and racist threats at the South Butte Market in Sutter on May 11, 2021.