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Hate crime charge dropped for man accused of attacking Virginia sushi restaurant owner after skipping $70 bill

  • Jordon Bevan fled from Bonsai Grill in Crystal City, Virginia, without paying for $70 worth of sushi rolls on May 4, 2021.
  • While being chased for his payment, Bevan allegedly pushed the restaurant’s owner to the ground and yelled anti-Asian statements, including “You Asians have the coronavirus.”
  • Bevan was arrested days after the incident and subsequently charged with a felony hate crime, as well as misdemeanors of resisting arrest, defrauding an innkeeper and petit larceny.
  • This week, it was reported that he had been released and ordered to undergo mental health treatment after pleading guilty to a lesser offense of misdemeanor assault and battery.
  • Bevan is residing with his mother in Ohio and scheduled to return to court on Oct. 11 for a progress review.

A man charged with a hate crime for allegedly attacking a sushi restaurant owner in Crystal City, Virginia, last year has reportedly been released and ordered to undergo mental health treatment after pleading guilty to a lesser offense.

Jordon Bevan fled Bonsai Grill without paying after consuming $70 worth of sushi rolls on May 4, 2021. The restaurant owner, Henry Kim, and his mother chased after him while also filming the confrontation.

Vancouver police identify man accused of striking Asian student with a pole

  • Mohammed Majidpour, 35, is now wanted Canada-wide for allegedly attacking a 19-year-old Asian woman in downtown Vancouver on Sept. 27.
  • The victim, who is a student, was walking near Dunsmuir and Cambie Streets at around 9:50 a.m. when a man hit the back of her head with a pole, according to reports.
  • Police described Majidpour as around 5 feet and 7 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds and having black hair and brown eyes. He is also usually unshaven.
  • A person with the same name was reportedly charged in a stalking case dating back to April 2021.

Vancouver police have identified a man accused of violently attacking a 19-year-old Asian woman last week.

Mohammed Majidpour, 35, is now wanted Canada-wide for the unprovoked assault, which occurred in downtown Vancouver at around 9:50 a.m. on Sept. 27, according to reports.

Student hit in the head with pole in apparent anti-Asian attack in Vancouver

  • A 19-year-old Asian student was hit on the back of her head with a pole by a man on Tuesday in what police are investigating as a racially motivated attack in downtown Vancouver.
  • The perpetrator allegedly hurled anti-Asian racial slurs before fleeing the area.  
  • The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at the scene.
  • The suspect remains at large. No arrests have been made as of press time.

A 19-year-old Asian woman was physically assaulted in what police are investigating as a racially motivated attack in downtown Vancouver.

The woman, a student, was walking near Dunsmuir and Cambie Streets at 9:50 a.m. on Tuesday when a man hit her on the back of her head with a pole, according to Vancouver police.

Crime-watch app Citizen offers free 1-year premium access to Bay Area’s AAPI community

  • New York-based app developer sp0n, Inc. is giving 20,000 Asian American and Pacific Islander residents from the Bay Area free premium access to its crime-watch app Citizen for one year as part of its new initiative to combat anti-Asian hate.
  • sp0n, Inc. has partnered up with San Francisco’s Chinese American Association of Commerce (CAAC) for the initiative, which is funded by the Goldwater Collective.
  • “Hate crimes against Asian business owners continue to plague our city and we need to use every tool at our disposal to protect each other,” CAAC said in a statement.
  • Citizen Premium “provides subscribers 24/7 unlimited access to Citizen’s team of highly trained agents through video or text whenever subscribers might feel unsafe or uncertain about their surroundings,” sp0n, Inc. said in a recent press release.

A New York-based app developer is giving 20,000 Asian American and Pacific Islander residents in the Bay Area free premium access to its crime-watch app to combat anti-Asian hate in the region.

Citizen, an app developed by sp0n, Inc., will give these Bay Area residents one year of free premium access, the company announced on Monday.

Denver removes anti-Chinese plaque 142 years after anti-Chinese riot that destroyed its Chinatown

  • Due to historical inaccuracies, Denver removed a plaque titled “Chinese Riot of 1880” from a building in Lower Downtown on Monday.
  • The plaque was, in fact, not about a “Chinese riot” but an anti-Chinese riot that resulted in damages to homes, businesses and even the death of a man named Look Young.
  • The writing also lauded white people who showed “remarkable courage” during the riot and overemphasized the city’s Chinese drug problem as a cause for hostilities.
  • The move came after the city officially apologized to early Chinese immigrants and their descendants in April for the riot and historical injustices to the community.

Denver removed a historical marker riddled with inaccuracies about the Chinese community’s presence and influence in the city in the late 1800s on Monday.

The plaque, located in the Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood, inaccurately described events surrounding the so-called “Chinese Riot of 1880,” which occurred on Halloween that year and stemmed from a saloon brawl between white patrons and two Chinese customers.

Assault on 51-year-old woman in New York sparks PH consulate call for Filipinos to report hate crimes

  • Elmer G. Cato, the Philippine Consul General in New York, called on Filipinos to immediately report hate crimes following an assault on a 51-year-old Filipino woman in Queens.
  • The Filipino woman was verbally assaulted and harassed by a homeless woman who allegedly tried to prevent her from boarding a train at the 63rd Drive Subway Station in Rego Park.
  • The recent assault is the 42nd case of a hate-related incident against a Filipino that was reported to the Philippine Consulate since last year, according to Cato.

The Philippine Consul General in New York called on Filipinos to immediately report hate crimes following an assault on a 51-year-old Filipino woman in Queens, New York City.

The victim was verbally assaulted and harassed by a homeless woman in Queens on July 16, Philippine Consul General Elmer G. Cato tweeted on Friday.

‘I hate Koreans!’: Harlem man spews anti-Asian remark and punches senior woman, 76, in the head

  • Tiffany Felder, 52, was arrested and charged with hate crime for attacking a 76-year-old Asian woman in Harlem, New York, on Wednesday.
  • Felder allegedly yelled “I hate Koreans!” as he punched the woman in the back of her head with a closed fist at around 10:45 a.m.
  • The victim reportedly refused medical treatment.

A man from East Harlem, New York, has been arrested for assaulting an Asian senior in an unprovoked attack.  

Tiffany Felder, 52, was arrested and charged with one count of assault as a hate crime for attacking a 76-year-old woman at 112th Street and Third Avenue on Wednesday morning, according to the police. 

Orange County woman who experienced anti-Asian hate at a Halsey concert speaks up

  • Catt Phan, 26, and her friend were at a Halsey concert in Irvine, California, when another group of concert-goers allegedly dumped a drink on them and spewed anti-Asian comments on July 9.
  • “F*ck those Asian b*tches. Don’t let them ruin our night. They don’t belong here anyways,” a woman from the group allegedly said.
  • Phan, who was disappointed that bystanders and security guards at the concert had done nothing to help her and her friend, shared the incident on social media.
  • Although two representatives from Live Nation, the company that managed Halsey’s concert, personally apologized to Phan, she specifically hopes for more policy actions.
  • Phan recommends Live Nation and the FivePoint Amphitheatre staff go through bystander intervention and cultural competency training as well as anti-racist educational workshops to better recognize and handle belligerent guests and hate incidents.

An Asian woman who experienced an anti-Asian hate incident at a Halsey concert in Irvine, California, has shared her story.

Catt Phan, 26, and her friend were at a Halsey concert at the FivePoint Amphitheatre when she says another group of concertgoers allegedly dumped a drink on them and spewed anti-Asian comments on July 9. 

Japanese student says he was also assaulted by Portland man charged for attack on Japanese man, his daughter and Filipino woman

  • Kaito Nakajima, 21, has accused Dylan J. Kesterson of yelling at him, slapping his face and stealing his hat near a Safeway store in downtown Portland, Oregon, on June 25.
  • Kesterson, 34, is already facing 19 charges for allegedly attacking a Japanese family on July 1 and a Filipino woman on April 17.
  • Nakajima, a Japanese student studying English, said he and his friends recognized Kesterson after he made the news for the latest incident.
  • Kesterson is currently being held without bail at Multnomah County Jail.

A young Japanese man studying English in Portland, Oregon, has come forward to accuse Dylan J. Kesterson of attacking him last month.

Kesterson, 34, is currently facing 19 charges for attacks he allegedly committed against a Japanese father and his 5-year-old daughter on July 2 and a Filipino woman on April 17. Those charges include counts of assault, harassment and bias crime.

Florida woman who pepper-sprayed Asian women in NYC indicted on hate crime charges

  • Madeline Barker, the 47-year-old woman accused of hurling xenophobic comments and pepper-spraying a group of four Asian women in Chelsea last month, was indicted on 12 hate crime charges on Thursday in Manhattan Criminal Court.
  • Barker was indicted on eight counts of assault in the third degree as a hate crime and four counts of aggravated harassment in the second degree — a misdemeanor hate crime, according to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s Office.
  • Barker is currently being held at Rikers Island on $20,000 bail.

The Florida woman accused of pepper-spraying a group of Asian women in New York City last month was indicted on hate crime charges.

Madeline Barker, the 47-year-old woman who was accused of hurling xenophobic comments and pepper-spraying four Asian women in Chelsea on June 11, was indicted on 12 hate crime charges on Thursday in Manhattan Criminal Court.