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SF man allegedly responsible for half of the city’s anti-Asian hate crimes in 2021 released from custody

SF Hate Crimes Vandalism
  • Derik Barreto, 37, is allegedly responsible for more than half of all anti-Asian hate crimes reported in San Francisco last year.
  • He was reportedly released from custody after the court granted him mental health diversion.
  • The news of his release comes amid mounting concerns for the safety of AAPI communities around the country.

A man allegedly responsible for more than half of all anti-Asian hate crimes recorded in San Francisco last year is reportedly out of custody, raising safety concerns across local communities.

Derik Barreto, 37, is accused of targeting 20 Chinese-owned businesses and seven others in Chinatown, the Ingleside neighborhood and the Ocean Avenue corridor between April and August of 2021. He allegedly rode on a scooter and used a slingshot, pipe or hammer to destroy the stores’ windows, as seen in several surveillance videos.

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