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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.

Police search for suspect caught on video shooting a man after a brawl in Philadelphia’s Chinatown

Chinatown shooting
  • Police are searching for a suspect who shot a man in Philadelphia’s Chinatown on Saturday morning.
  • A 56-year old man was being confronted by a group of four Asian men near Race St. when one of the assailants pulled out a gun and shot him around 5:30 a.m.
  • The man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition soon after the altercation.
  • Philadelphia Chinatown residents have been on edge due to the recent surge of attacks in the area

Police are searching for a suspect who shot a man in Philadelphia’s Chinatown on Saturday morning. 

A 52-year-old man was being confronted by a group of four Asian men near Race St. when one of the men pulled out a gun and shot him at around 5:30 a.m., according to police.

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.

Fatal shooting of Filipino lawyer in Philadelphia Uber may be case of ‘mistaken identity,’ says envoy

The death of the Filipino lawyer who was shot while on his way to an airport in Philadelphia last month may have been a case of “mistaken identity.”

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez reiterated New York Consul General Elmer Cato’s previous statement during the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum on Wednesday. 

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 man charged with murder after fatal shooting in Chinese restaurant

Chinese takeout shooting
  • Jamel Taylor, 30, reportedly shot a 34-year-old man inside a Chinese restaurant in Frankford, Philadelphia, on Monday.
  • A witness said the suspect stomped on his victim’s head after firing a second shot.
  • The victim, whose identity has not been disclosed, was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was eventually pronounced dead.
  • Taylor is facing multiple charges including terroristic threats, murder and possession of a firearm with an altered manufacturer number.

A Philadelphia man has been arrested and charged in connection to a fatal shooting at a Chinese restaurant on Monday.

The incident, which left one male victim dead, occurred at a Chinese restaurant in the 4800 block of Frankford Avenue at around 8:45 p.m.

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.