Latest Newsletter🍵 Monterey Park hero awardedRead


Two Men Face ‘Very Lengthy’ Jail Sentence for Targeting Asian-American Businesses

    Asian America Daily - in under 5 minutes

    Get our collection of Asian America's most essential stories, to your inbox daily, for free!

    Unsure? Check out our Newsletter Archive

    Two men who terrorized Asian American business owners in Atlanta in 2017 have now both been convicted by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Atlanta.  

    Identified as Tabyron Rashad Smith and Dravion Sanchez Ware, the convicts were both involved in a series of violent armed robberies over the course of several weeks in 2017.

    In the attacks, the pair reportedly shot three women and pistol-whipped others. Employees, as well as customers, were shot in the attacks.

    The first reported robbery involving Smith and Ware was on October 7 when they targeted Spring Spa in the 1900 block of Manchester Street NE in Atlanta, 11alive reported.

    On October 10, the same men robbed Cedar Massage in the 6000 block of Bakers Ferry Road in Atlanta.

    Ware and Smith, who were named among Georgia’s Most Wanted List, were eventually captured by the FBI in November 2017 for the series of robberies.

    They have also been previously arrested in Douglas County back in 2012 for stealing from a nail salon staffed by Asians. 


    On August 2, Ware was convicted of conspiring to commit, and commission of, multiple Hobbs Act robbery offenses, and discharging or brandishing a firearm during the robberies. His sentencing has been set for November 5, reports AJC.

    Meanwhile, Smith pleaded guilty to the same crimes last month. He is scheduled for sentencing on October 21.

    “Ware terrified his innocent victims, demonstrating a callous disregard for the lives of these small business owners and their customers,” U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak was quoted as saying.

    “The courage of his victims, and the coordination of federal and local law enforcement officers who were determined to bring him to justice will ensure he faces a very lengthy prison sentence.”

    Authorities noted that similar crimes began happening in restaurants across several counties earlier this year. While the same suspects weren’t responsible for all of the crimes, the police pointed out that only Asian American business owners were similarly targeted in the recent attacks.

    Emmanuel Rakestraw, 26, and Earnest Sims, 19, were arrested in June in connection to at least one restaurant robbery. It was not revealed whether Rakestraw and Sims were also linked to additional robberies.

    Featured Images via Fulton County Sheriff’s Office (Left) and YouTube / Fox 5 Atlanta (Right)

    Support our Journalism with a Contribution

    Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

    Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

    However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

    We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way.  Thank you for everyone's support. We love you all and can't appreciate you guys enough.

    Support NextShark

    Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Discover, Paypal