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Arrest warrant issued for man who attacked Filipino family at North Hollywood fast food drive-thru

ROQUE FAMILY WARRANT
  • Nicholas Weber, 31, was ordered to appear in court on June 8 after he made racist remarks and physically attacked Gabriel Roque and his family at a McDonald’s drive-thru in North Hollywood on May 13.
  • An arrest warrant has been issued for Weber after he did not show up to court.
  • He now faces felony and misdemeanor battery hate crime charges.
  • The Filipino Migrant Center, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns and Migrante Los Angeles are supporting the Roque family in their case by organizing a rally outside of the District Attorney’s office on Friday.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the man who threatened and physically attacked a Filipino family at a fast food drive-thru in North Hollywood, California.

Nicholas Weber, 31, was ordered to appear in court on June 8 after he made racist remarks and physically attacked Gabriel Roque and his family at a McDonald’s drive-thru on Victory Boulevard at around 10 p.m. on May 13. However, he did not show up to court, leading to a warrant for his arrest.

Drag Queen Story Hour event for kids in San Francisco stormed by Proud Boys yelling slurs

DRAG QUEEN PROUD BOYS
  • At a children’s storytime hour on Saturday in San Francisco, a group of far-right men disrupted the event by shouting anti-LGBTQ-plus slurs at drag queen Panda Dulce.
  • Dulce was hosting a Drag Queen Story Hour at the San Lorenzo Library in honor of Pride Month when five men, who were believed to be from the Proud Boys extremist group, allegedly began to shout “tranny” and “pedophile” at her.
  • Bay Area Reporter Tim Johns for ABC7 News posted a video of the incident on his Twitter, explaining that “a group of Proud Boys” had “stormed” the event.
  • As seen from the video, the men made white supremacist hand gestures and refused to leave.
  • The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office announced that they were investigating the incident and had already “activated their hate crime protocols.”

At a children’s story-time hour on Saturday in San Francisco, a group of far-right extremists disrupted the event by shouting anti-LGBTQ-plus slurs at drag queen Panda Dulce. 

Dulce was hosting a Drag Queen Story Hour at the San Lorenzo Library in honor of Pride Month when five men, who were believed to be from the Proud Boys extremist group, allegedly began to shout “tranny” and “pedophile” at her.

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.

Nepali man brutally attacked from behind and left unconscious while grabbing food in Oakland

SAGAR TAMANG
  • Sagar Tamang, 25, was brutally attacked, robbed and left unconscious while grabbing food in front of the Fox Theater in Oakland on Saturday.
  • Tamang said he was left in an alley with most of his belongings missing, including his phone, wallet, boots, pants and coat.
  • He was taken to the Highland Hospital Emergency Department, where he was treated for level-one trauma. The assault left him with a beaten and swollen face.
  • Bimala Thapa, Tamang’s girlfriend, has created a GoFundMe page to help cover his medical bills.
  • The assault, which is currently not considered a hate crime, is under investigation by the Oakland Police Department. No arrests have been made as of this writing.

A Nepali man was brutally attacked, robbed and left unconscious while grabbing food after work in Oakland, California.

Sagar Tamang, 25, said he was attacked from behind while grabbing a hot dog from a street vendor at around 11 p.m. in front of the Fox Theater on Saturday.

Dallas mayor calls for anti-violence strategies after Korean hair salon shooting

  • Weeks after a shooting at a local Korean hair salon, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson has called on Dallas City Council for a full briefing on strategies to stop violence.
  • Johnson spoke on the issue in front of 200 members of the Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon honoring city police officials on Thursday.
  • Jeremy Smith, 36, was arrested and charged with seven counts of aggravated assault for the May 11 shooting, which left three Korean women wounded.
  • Johnson said he was “horrified when the Korean American community was the target of violence motivated by hate.”
  • The mayor, who has made public sfety a priority while in office, said the City Council shares a vision of making Dallas “the safest large city in the United States of America.”

Weeks after a shooting at a local Korean hair salon, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson has called on Dallas City Council for a full briefing on strategies to end and prevent further violence.

Johnson spoke on the issue Thursday before some 200 members of the Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon honoring city police officials.

Chico State employee arrested for allegedly urging Asians to ‘shoot white and Black people’

CHICO STATE EMPLOYEE
  • Kerry Jer Thao, a 33-year-old graduate and custodian at California State University, Chico, was arrested for allegedly encouraging Asians to “shoot white and black people.”
  • The university was informed by the FBI of Thao’s violent threats that were left under videos relating to the recent shootings in Orange County, California, Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas.
  • “Asians need to commit as much mass shootings as possible, this country has turned its back on you, label you a diseased, humiliated and murder you,” Thao reportedly wrote.
  • Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said that officers have seized all of Thao’s legally acquired firearms from his home.
  • The 33-year-old was charged with making violent threats online and was denied bail at a Butte County courtroom on Tuesday. He faces possible hate crime charges, which could lead up to a $1,000 fine and one year in prison.

An employee at California State University, Chico, was arrested for allegedly encouraging Asians to “shoot white and black people.”

Kerry Jer Thao, 33, was arrested on May 26 for writing violent and threatening statements on YouTube videos.

Police release image of suspect accused of slashing Asian man in Brooklyn subway racial attack

BROOKLYN SUSPECT
  • New York police have released an image of the suspect from Tuesday’s subway attack near York Street station in Brooklyn.
  • The recent incident, which reportedly saw the suspect make an anti-Asian remark and slash the victim in the chest and neck with a knife, is now considered by the authorities as a hate crime.
  • Thursday’s surveillance image shows a man with a black long-sleeved shirt, mustard-colored pants and a dark-colored bag. Police believe he is around 25 years old.
  • The suspect has yet to be located.

New York police have released an image of the suspect from a subway slashing attack that involved an Asian victim earlier this week.

The recent incident, which reportedly saw the suspect make an anti-Asian remark, is now considered by the authorities as a hate crime. The assault occurred near York Street station in Brooklyn at around 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

Suspect in Dallas Korean hair salon shooting faces 4 new charges; $300,000 bail expected to increase

dallas korean hair salon shooting
  • Jeremy Theron Smith, the suspect accused of opening fire inside a Korean-owned hair salon in northwest Dallas and wounding three women last week, faces an additional four charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
  • Smith was previously arrested on three charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday morning.
  • His girlfriend told authorities that Smith had “delusions” about Asians attempting to harm him after he was involved in a car crash with an Asian driver about two years ago.
  • The police are investigating whether the shooting could be connected to two other shootings at separate businesses run by Asian Americans in Dallas.
  • Smith is being held at the Dallas County jail. His bond was set at $300,000 on the first three charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bail on the additional four charges has not yet been set.

The suspect accused of opening fire inside a Korean-owned hair salon in northwest Dallas last week faces seven charges.

Jeremy Theron Smith, who was previously arrested on three charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday morning, was given four additional counts on Wednesday.

Sikh man’s lawsuit alleges Sutter County delayed hate crime investigation, cops washed away evidence

  • Rouble Claire, a 66-year-old Sikh American man from Sutter County, California, has filed a lawsuit against the county, its deputies and two women he accused of racist threats.
  • According to court documents, a woman subjected Claire to verbal abuse and racist threats at the South Butte Market on May 11, 2021. No officers arrived to check on him after he called 911.
  • He was also threatened at his home by a different woman on the same day.
  • "I have been subject to threats, harassment, and racial slurs – yet almost a full year later, no one has been held accountable," Claire said in a statement.
  • Claire’s lawyers, Gina Szeto-Wong and Sean Tamura-Sato, filed a civil lawsuit against the defendants and are now preparing for the first hearing in August.

A first-generation Sikh American has filed a lawsuit against Sutter County in California, its deputies and two women he accused of racist threats. 

Rouble Claire, 66, reportedly suffered verbal abuse and racist threats at the South Butte Market in Sutter on May 11, 2021.

Grand Island man charged with hate crime assault for hitting Asian woman with pool cue

  • Charles Vacanti, a 46-year-old Grand Island, New York, resident who attacked a woman of Asian descent at a dive bar last month, was arrested on April 20 and charged with one count of assault in the second degree as a hate crime and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.
  • At a press conference on April 20, Sheriff John C. Garcia said Vacanti hurled racial slurs at the victim before assaulting her with a pool cue.
  • Witnesses who spoke to the Erie County Sheriff's Office said the man fled the scene after the attack.
  • The victim suffered pain and swelling to her nose and mouth, as well as a cut on her upper lip. The Erie County District Attorney's Office said the woman received stitches for her injuries.

A Grand Island man has been charged with assault as a hate crime for hitting a woman of Asian descent with a pool cue and hurling racial slurs at her while inside a dive bar last month.

Charles Vacanti, 46, is accused of assaulting an Asian woman in San-Dees Pub in Grand Island, New York, on March 19, according to Sheriff John C. Garcia. Vacanti was arrested on April 20.

Attorneys for Atlanta spa shootings suspect file motion to remove death penalty consideration

Robert Aaron Long death penalty
  • Robert Aaron Long’s defense attorneys filed more than two dozen motions in a Fulton County courtroom on Tuesday, including considerations to keep him off of death row.
  • The judge gave the state until July 30 to respond to the motions. Both sides are expected to go through details with the judge when trial begins in mid-October.
  • Long is accused of killing eight people, including six Asian women, in a mass shooting at three spas in Cherokee County and Atlanta in March 2021. He began his shooting spree in Cherokee County before moving on to two other spas in Fulton County.
  • Long pleaded guilty to the shooting in Cherokee County in July 2021 but did not plead guilty to the shooting in Fulton County. Long was charged with four life sentences without parole for the first shooting incident.

Robert Aaron Long’s attorneys are pushing efforts to ensure the man accused of killing eight people during a shooting spree at three Atlanta-area spas in March 2021 does not get the death penalty.

Long, 23, appeared in a Fulton County courtroom on Tuesday, where his defense attorneys filed more than two dozen motions, including considerations to keep him off of death row. The court proceeding also looked into which motions would require evidence and testimony.

20-year-old man charged with hate crimes for attacks on 2 Sikh men in New York City

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  • Hezekiah Coleman has been arrested and charged for attacking and robbing two Sikh men in Queens on April 12.
  • Coleman is charged with one count of robbery and one count of aggravated harassment as well as two counts of robbery and one count of assault classified as a hate crime.
  • The attack occurred nine days after Nirmal Singh, a 70-year-old Sikh man, was brutally beaten in the same Queens neighborhood on April 3.
  • The New York Police Department is still searching for the other suspects in both Sikh assaults.

One of the suspects who attacked and robbed two Sikh men in New York City’s Queens neighborhood has been arrested and charged with hate crimes.

Hezekiah Coleman, 20, was previously taken into custody as a person of interest following the Tuesday assault in Richmond Hill.