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Asian man suspected of violent attacks on Chinese residents, students in NJ neighborhood

An Asian man armed with a variety of weapons is believed to be responsible for a series of violent attacks on Chinese residents and international students in New Jersey’s Journal Square neighborhood.

The incidents, which occurred near the PATH subway station, appear to date back as early as February. The assailant allegedly would attack from behind with a hammer, a rock or a brick before threatening his victim with a knife.

NJ woman accused of fatally strangling her 2 children may face trial after final psych evaluation

  • Yuhwei Chou, the 37-year-old New Jersey mother who allegedly killed her 7-year-old daughter Samantha Ross and her 11-month-old son Sam Ross by asphyxiation, may stand trial since the final evaluation for her case is currently being prepared.
  • Somerset County Assistant Prosecutor Michael McLaughlin informed Superior Court Judge Peter Tober that they are performing the evaluation “to get some last pieces in place” for the 37-year-old woman’s case, which began on Monday.
  • Chou’s attorney Britt Simon informed the judge that the results of his expert’s evaluation have already been sent to prosecutors.
  • Chou was charged with two counts of first-degree murder for strangling her children in the back of her car found in a ditch off Mountain View Road in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey, on Nov. 9.
  • The children were reportedly found with zip-tied hands and duct tape on their faces, while their mother, who said she was a Taiwanese citizen, had allegedly duct-taped her own head and zip-tied her hands to her car’s steering wheel.
  • Authorities have yet to find a motive behind the killing, but they are looking into a pending divorce and post-partum depression as potential reasons.

Yuhwei Chou, the mother accused of killing her two young children by asphyxiation, could stand trial after her final psychiatric evaluation this week.

Somerset County Assistant Prosecutor Michael McLaughlin informed Superior Court Judge Peter Tober that they are performing the evaluation “to get some last pieces in place” for the 37-year-old woman’s case, which began on Monday.

FBI warns Asian business owners in New Jersey of ‘sophisticated criminal enterprises’ targeting them

  • There have been an increasing number of reports from Asian business owners in New Jersey over the past three years who have been targeted by “sophisticated criminal enterprises,” according to Supervisory Special Agent Mike Ratta of the FBI.
  • The FBI warned Asian American business owners to be vigilant as they face an increased risk of being burglarized by numerous criminal groups monitoring their businesses.
  • According to Ratta, Asian Americans are being targeted because of a belief that they do not utilize traditional banks, opting instead to keep their cash hidden in their residences.
  • Ratta suggested community members keep their money in banks, install security systems and purchase license-reader devices to keep track of the license plate numbers of the cars near their homes.

The FBI warned Asian American business owners in New Jersey to be vigilant as they face an increased risk of being burglarized by sophisticated criminal groups. 

There have been an increasing number of reports from Asian business owners over the past three years who have been targeted by “sophisticated criminal enterprises,” according to Supervisory Special Agent Mike Ratta of the FBI field office in Newark.

Burglars wanted for targeting Asian business owners, workers in New Jersey

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  • Police in New Jersey’s Egg Harbor Township are looking for three individuals who allegedly burglarized a home of an Asian business owner last month.
  • The incident is the latest in a string of cases targeting Asian business owners or employees in the Atlantic County area.
  • Police are yet to determine whether the same group of suspects is responsible for the other burglaries.

Police in New Jersey’s Egg Harbor Township have released surveillance images of individuals who allegedly broke into the residence of an Asian business owner last month — a case they say is part of an increasing pattern targeting the same victims.

“They target the residences of those either employees or business owners,” Detective Michael Santoro said, according to WPVI.

New Jersey Senate condemns 1984 Sikh genocide in new resolution

NJ Resolution Sikh Massacre
  • On Jan. 10th, the New Jersey Senate passed Resolution 142, officially condemning the anti-Sikh violence that took place in India.
  • The resolution lists a higher death toll than is officially recognized by the Indian government.
  • Sikh American communities across the United States are recognized as having been formed by many refugees from the massacre.

The New Jersey Senate has passed a resolution formally recognizing and condemning the 1984 massacre against Sikhs in India as a genocide as well as acknowledging the subsequent migration of Sikhs from India to the United States.

Resolution 142 was introduced on Jan. 7th by Senator Stephen M. Sweeney and was passed unanimously three days later. 

New Jersey becomes second state to require AAPI history be taught in schools

New Jersey AAPI History Edu Bill
  • Gov. Phil Murphy (D-N.J.) signed a new bill on Tuesday that requires K-12 schools in New Jersey to teach Asian American and Pacific Islander history as part of their curricula.
  • The recent move made New Jersey the second state to pass this type of bill after Illinois in July 2021.

New Jersey has become the second state that will require K-12 schools to teach Asian American and Pacific Islander history as part of their curricula starting in the 2022-2023 school year.

The bill, also known as the NJ AAPI Curriculum Bill (S4021/A6100), aims to create a “more tolerant and knowledgeable future for New Jersey,” Gov. Phil Murphy (D-N.J.) said after signing the legislation on Tuesday.

New Jersey mom spent over $10,000 on 3,000 Christmas gifts for needy kids

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After hearing that a variety store would be going out of business, a New Jersey mom spent more than $10,000 to buy over 3,000 toys and other items to donate to children during the holiday season.

The spirit of giving: Christine Bae’s charitable idea came to her after she took her son and daughter to Flying Tiger Copenhagen, a variety store in Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey, and learned that the business was closing, according to People.

New Jersey on its way to becoming the second state to mandate teaching of AAPI history

New Jersey Bill AAPI History Education
  • The state legislature passed the bill on Tuesday, after it passed the state Senate in early December and the General Assembly on Monday.
  • If signed into law by NJ Gov. Phil Murphy, the bill would require public schools in the state to teach Asian American history.

New Jersey is on its way to becoming the second state to require public schools to teach Asian American history as an approved bill heads to the governor’s desk.

The state legislature approved the bill on Tuesday after it passed the Senate earlier in December and the General Assembly on Monday. Governor Phil Murphy is set to sign the bill, according to NBC News.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy establishes commission to address AAPI needs

Phil Murphy New Jersey Governor AAPI Commission

Recently re-elected New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed a bill that establishes the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Commission.

In recognition of AAPI contribution: Murphy signed Assembly Bill 5737 (A-5737/S-3763) into law on Monday, days after winning his second term as governor over Republican Jack Ciattarelli in a close election, according to a press release.

‘Somebody made a mistake’: Details on fatal police shooting of man inside his NJ home are released

Asian man fatally shot by officer in Hillsborough

The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General has revealed details about the shooting and killing of an Asian man inside his home in Hillsborough during a welfare check on Sept. 28.

What happened: George Kokinakous was identified as the Hillsborough police officer who fatally shot Patrick Chin, 43, inside his home on Piedmont Path at around 4:10 p.m., according to My Central Jersey. Four other officers, identified as Robert Feriello, Thomas Gurba, Kyle Edmonds, and Dylan Ely, were also present at the fatal incident.