Authorities have identified the person responsible for several vandal attacks on Asian-owned restaurants in South Bay on Monday.
The San Jose Police Department is now looking for Tai Van Trinh, a 42-year-old man from Milpitas, CA, according to KTVU.
UPDATE: @SanJosePD ID’s vandalism suspect – 42 y/o Tai Trinh of #Milpitas. Police say, he’s responsible for vandalizing several businesses, no indication crimes are hate motivated. Suspect car: Black 2004 extended cab Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck w/ TX license plate HZM3285. #ktvu pic.twitter.com/EBFQTOC69a
— Azenith Smith (@AzenithKTVU) April 28, 2020
Police say Trinh is behind the series of attacks on eight Asian-owned businesses in San Jose and Milpitas. A majority of the attacks took place in San Jose’s Berryessa neighborhood. He was captured on CCTV smashing the windows of one of the stores last week.
The affected businesses include Tastea, Happy Lemon, Pho Y Lundy, 7 Leaves Café and four branches of Lee’s Sandwiches.
His vehicle, described as a black 2004 extended cab Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck with a Texas license plate HZM3285, can also be seen in the video.
Surveillance video from Lee’s Sandwiches in #SanJose shows vandal smashing store windows but taking nothing. Owner tells me, he knows of at least 7 businesses vandalized this morning- all Asian-owned. He believes it’s the same vandal, same M.O., same truck. #ktvu 11p pic.twitter.com/3f3o2d2ppA
— Azenith Smith (@AzenithKTVU) April 23, 2020
The SJPD is not considering the series of attacks as hate crime-related.