Pro Bono Law Firm Alliance to Represent Korean American Sisters Attacked With Cinder Block in Baltimore

The Alliance for Asian American Justice, a new pro bono initiative, is representing  Korean American sisters who were attacked with a cinder block in Baltimore this week.

The incident, which left the victims with non-life threatening injuries, occurred at Wonderland Liquor Store in the 2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue on May 2.

The suspect enters the store and attacks one of two female employees with a cement block. A bystander leaves the premises. Image Screenshot via johnny Yun

What happened: The sisters, 66 and 67, who work at the store, were trying to close before 11 p.m. when Daryl Doles, 50, entered and attacked them with a cinder block.

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  • The incident was caught in a surveillance video, which shows them struggling against the suspect both inside and outside the business.
  • Both women were hit with the cinder block. They were taken to the hospital with bruises and wounds on their heads.
  • Doles was arrested shortly after the attack and charged with two counts of aggravated assault.
  • John Yun said in the GoFundMe page he had organized that his aunt — the first victim — required 25 stitches on the head. His mother was the second victim.

Legal representation: The Alliance for Asian American Justice, or simply the Alliance, is taking on the case against Doles.

  • The group of more than 70 law firms and large company law departments aims to help victims of anti-Asian hate and prevent further incidents of violence.
  • Former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur, currently in private practice, is representing the Korean American sisters through the initiative, reported WBAL.
  • Goya Choi, who owns the nearby Forty, Forty Liquor and Beer, told WBAL that Doles came into his store the same night and said “Chinese motherf***er” after being asked to leave.
  • Hur said they will continue to work with law enforcement to ensure Doles is brought to justice.
Daryl Doles. Image via Baltimore City Police Department

Hur cannot comment on the possibility of a hate crime. The attorney told WBAL he needs to let authorities do their investigation.

The Alliance’s Board of Directors includes Don H. Liu, Wilson Chu (Partner, McDermott Will & Emery), Tai Park (Partner, White & Case), Brian A. Sun (Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright) and Debra Wong Yang (Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher). The group is co-chaired by Debra Wong Yang and Tai Park.

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Featured Images via John Yun (left, screenshot; center) and WBAL (right)

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