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Asians, Jews in Philadelphia unite in new organization to fight hate

  • Gov. Tom Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and the American Jewish Alliance launched the Pennsylvania Asian Pacific American Jewish Alliance (PAPAJA) on Thursday.
  • United by shared experiences of increased violence in recent years, the alliance seeks to build ties between the Asian and Jewish communities and create opportunities for them to work together against hate and discrimination.
  • Aside from combating hate, Stephanie Sun, executive director of the Advisory Commission, said the alliance will cultivate knowledge on unique common struggles, such as “the myth of model minority and the myth of dual loyalty.”
  • Thursday’s press conference, which was held at the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, came right after the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.

United by a common struggle of increased hate in recent years, Asian and Jewish people in Philadelphia will now be represented by an organization that aims to combat further violence against their communities.

Launched on Thursday by Gov. Tom Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and the American Jewish Committee, the new Pennsylvania Asian Pacific American Jewish Alliance (PAPAJA) seeks to build ties between the Asian and Jewish communities and create opportunities to work together to purge anti-Asian hate and anti-Semitism.

Man arrested for choking and beating teen Asian students in Philadelphia subway

  • Torey Egypt Grier, 27, is facing assault and related charges for allegedly attacking two Asian high school students in Philadelphia’s subway system earlier this month.
  • The victims, aged 17 and 13, were on their way to school when the unprovoked attacks took place, according to reports.
  • On Sept. 9, Grier allegedly grabbed the 17-year-old student by the throat and slammed her to the ground.
  • Four days later, he allegedly punched the 13-year-old student multiple times.
  • Investigators are still looking into possible hate crime charges.

A man wanted for attacking two Asian high school students in separate incidents in Philadelphia’s subway system has been arrested on Thursday morning, according to authorities.

Torey Egypt Grier, 27, is now facing assault charges for the reported attacks on Sept. 9 and Sept. 13, which were captured on surveillance videos and purportedly unprovoked.

Teen Asian students choked, beaten in Philadelphia subway attacks

A pair of Asian high school students traveling to their schools fell victims to separate attacks by the same suspect in Philadelphia’s subway system earlier this month.

The first incident occurred at the Walnut-Locust Station at around 7 a.m. on Sept. 9. The victim, a 17-year-old female Central High School student, was grabbed by the throat and slammed to the ground.

Philadelphia community protests construction of 76ers stadium near city’s Chinatown

Community members and leaders are gearing up to oppose the construction of a Philadelphia 76ers stadium in Center City, a few steps away from Philadelphia’s Chinatown.

The proposed $1.3 billion project, which would occupy 10th and Market Streets, was met with strong opposition from the community of Chinatown, an area with a history of battling developers to preserve the site.

Man accused of fatally shooting Asian senior, 76, in the back of the head held without bail in Philadelphia

  • Wagner Ernesto Pena Tejeda was arrested in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on Thursday for the fatal shooting of an elderly Asian man in Philadelphia.
  • Tejeda, 24, allegedly shot 76-year-old Loi Nguyen dead while the latter was returning home from a morning walk on June 21.
  • He was also wanted in Massachusetts for two stabbings that occurred in the Boston neighborhood of Roslindale in February.
  • Tejeda is being held without bail and is scheduled for a dangerousness hearing today.

A man accused of fatally shooting an Asian senior in Philadelphia last month has been arrested and is being held without bail.

Loi Nguyen, 76, was returning home from a morning walk on June 21 when 24-year-old Wagner Ernesto Pena Tejeda allegedly approached him and shot him in the back of his head in the alleyway behind L and Claridge Streets in Juniata Park.

Asian man fatally shot near Philadelphia for driving too slowly

  • King Hua, 54, was shot dead at a red light in Springfield, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday morning, according to reports.
  • Hua’s assailant was described to be a male passenger in a dark SUV that used the shoulder to pull ahead of Hua’s white Toyota.
  • Police believe the shooting was an act of road rage, saying Hua was driving “too slowly” in rush-hour traffic.
  • Saddiq Washington, 22, was arrested in connection to the shooting and charged with murder and related counts.
  • As of Thursday, authorities were still determining whether Washington’s mother — who was driving their vehicle — will be involved in the case.

A man accused of fatally shooting an Asian driver in an apparent road rage incident just outside Philadelphia has been charged with first-degree murder.

King Hua, 54, was fatally shot at a red light on State Road near Meetinghouse Lane in Springfield Township at around 8:40 a.m. last Wednesday, according to reports.

Elderly Vietnamese American man on morning walk fatally shot in unprovoked attack in Philadelphia

  • Loi Nguyen, a 76-year-old Vietnamese American man, was returning home from his morning walk when he was fatally shot in the head on Tuesday in Juniata Park, Philadelphia.
  • Surveillance footage in the area shows the suspect standing close to Nguyen before they open fire in an unprovoked attack, according to the police.
  • A surveillance camera caught the suspect, wearing a red hoodie, running down the alleyway toward Hunting Park after the shooting.
  • Authorities have not said whether the case will be investigated as an anti-Asian hate crime. No arrests have been made.

A 76-year-old Vietnamese American man was fatally shot in the head shortly after his morning walk in Philadelphia. 

Loi Nguyen was returning home from his routine morning walk when he was gunned down near his driveway in the alleyway behind L and Claridge streets in Juniata Park at around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Philadelphia police searching for suspects who stole Chinatown church van

  • Philadelphia police are searching for the suspects who stole a 15-passenger van from the Chinese Christian Church & Center located on 11th and Vine streets on Monday night.
  • Surveillance footage captured two suspects stealing and driving away with the stolen white van that has a registered license plate of KXC-5525. 
  • Individuals with information regarding this case are asked to contact the Philadelphia police.

Surveillance footage captured two suspects stealing a church van in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. 

The Philadelphia police are searching for the suspects who stole a 15-passenger van from the Chinese Christian Church & Center located on 11th and Vine streets on Monday night.

Baltimore man accused of hitting Asian American sisters with cement block ruled incompetent to stand trial

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  • Daryl Doles, who is accused of hitting two Korean American sisters with a cement block at a liquor store in West Baltimore, has been deemed incompetent to stand trial.
  • Doles was indicted on 22 counts — including attempted murder and hate crime charges — for the May 2 rampage last year, in which he also allegedly attacked two other Asian-owned liquor stores.
  • On Wednesday, a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge ruled Doles incompetent “based on the opinion of the evaluators at the Department of Health,” adding that he is “dangerous to himself and others.”
  • Doles, who has been in jail since his arrest, will be committed to a mental health facility.

A man accused of assaulting two Korean American sisters at a liquor store in West Baltimore last year has been deemed incompetent to stand trial.

Daryl Doles, 51, was indicted on 22 counts — including attempted murder and hate crime charges — for the violent rampage, during which he allegedly hit the victims with a cement block and attacked two other Asian-owned liquor stores.

Philadelphia police looking for group accused of targeting Asian businesses in burglary spree

Philadelphia burglars Asian businesses
  • Philadelphia police are looking for burglars who have allegedly targeted Asian businesses in the city and the neighboring Cheltenham Township in Montgomery County.
  • Employees at a deli that fell victim to one of the burglaries said most of the targeted stores were Asian.
  • The suspects, who were mostly caught on surveillance cameras, typically attacked in the early hours of the morning when the stores were still closed.
  • One business suffered a total loss of $21,000 after three suspects broke gambling machines and cash registers.

Authorities are looking for a group of burglars who have allegedly targeted Asian-owned businesses in parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County in Pennsylvania.

The burglaries, which took place in the 14th District, 35th District and Cheltenham Township, typically occurred in the wee hours of the morning while the stores were still closed.

Suspect in Philadelphia stabbings of Asian woman and her two children turns himself in

Man turns himself in for triple stabbing
  • A Philadelphia man recently turned himself in for allegedly stabbing a woman and two boys on Sunday afternoon.
  • The woman was reportedly stabbed several times throughout her body, while the 15-year-old victim was stabbed twice in the head and the 10-year-old victim was stabbed in the head and the leg.
  • All three victims, who are of Asian descent, were rushed to Frankford-Torresdale Hospital. The woman was listed in critical condition while the male victims were reportedly in stable condition.
  • The man who turned himself in was reportedly taken to the hospital to be identified by the victims.
  • It is still unclear whether the incident was racially motivated. Authorities are actively investigating the attack.

A man has turned himself in for allegedly stabbing a woman and two boys of Asian descent in Philadelphia over the weekend.

The triple stabbing reportedly occurred on the 3200 block of Knorr Street in Philadelphia’s Mayfair neighborhood at around 2 p.m. on Sunday.