Tea Shop Owner Gets Pepper Sprayed By Man Yelling ‘Chinese’ and ‘COVID-19’ in Washington DC
A tea shop in Washington, D.C. has become the latest target of a suspected anti-Asian hate crime this week.
Valley Brook Tea, located in Dupont Circle, saw a Black man enter its premises around 9:42 a.m. on Tuesday, only to attack its owner.
Surveillance footage shows the man yelling “COVID-19” and “Chinese” while entering the store, which just opened that day.
Yunhan Zhang, who was standing behind the counter, takes out pepper spray and asks the man to leave, according to WJLA.
To Zhang’s horror, the man pulls out his own pepper spray and spritzes it in his direction.
“I got sprayed on my face, arm [and] cloth. Some got into my mouth. I was choking badly when I called 911,” Zhang wrote on Twitter. “I’m not injured. However, the burning has not stopped after hours.”
I don’t know what to say anymore. This type of hate crime happened to us again. This morning(9:42), this person charged into our store shouting “Chinese” and “Covid-19”, then attacked me with pepper spray. If you recognize him, please contact us or call 911. (starting 00:20) pic.twitter.com/dgG8FwHlWk
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