An Asian American woman was assaulted on early Monday morning in Culver City, Calif., and police are now looking into the case as a possible hate crime.
What happened: The woman was headed to work, walking westbound on the 13300 block of Washington Boulevard at around 1 a.m., when a man approached the victim asking for a cigarette, according to Culver City PD.
- Fearing for her safety, the victim told the man she doesn’t have a cigarette and attempted to walk away.
- The man then allegedly “approached her from behind, yelled a racial slur and hit her on the right side of her head with an unknown object causing her to fall to the ground.”
- The victim, who was transferred to a local hospital, suffered a “severe laceration to her right ear.” She is expected to make a full recovery, according to police.
- The suspect fled on foot and was last seen heading westbound on Washington Boulevard.
Authorities describe the suspect as a white man, approximately 35 years old, who stands about 5 feet 9 inches tall. He is also heavy set with light-colored, possibly balding, hair.
Anyone with information should contact Culver City Police Department Detective Bureau at (310) 253-6300.