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

SANTA CLARA COUNTY SO
  • 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.

CLIFFORD STEWART
Clifford Stewart. Image via Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

That’s when Stewart began to scream racial epithets, prosecutors said. Stewart allegedly yelled “[Expletive] Chinese, you don’t belong here,” and “stupid Mexicans.”

The violence began after the Hispanic employee told Stewart that she would call the police.

“He attacked the Hispanic woman, kicked her in the stomach, punched her in the face. She temporarily lost her vision. She was taken to the hospital,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a news release.

The Asian employee reportedly intervened, forcing Stewart to flee to a nearby sports store. He was arrested shortly after.

However, he also threatened to kill the arresting deputy, Rosen said. “All you piece of [expletive] people sneak into this country, have a baby, and get a free apartment,” he allegedly stated.

Stewart has been charged with assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, hate crimes and vandalism. He is also facing a charge for threatening the deputy, whom he also allegedly called “a Mexican [expletive].”

Rosen said there is no place for hate in the community.

“Hate crimes send an ugly and ignorant message to our community that certain people are not welcome here. My response is that I will do everything in my power to hold criminal racists accountable in court,” Rosen said. “Hate is not welcome here.”

 

Featured Image via NBC Bay Area

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