Calif. hate crime up 31% in 2020, led by anti-Black bias

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — Hate crime in California surged 31% in 2020, fueled mainly by a big jump in crimes targeting Black people during a year that saw the worst racial strife in decades, according to an annual report released June 30 by the state’s attorney general. Overall hate crimes increased from 1,015 to 1,330 last […]

Man charged with hate crime for threats against Asian postal worker

DALY CITY, Calif. — A 26-year-old Oakland man has been charged for an alleged hate crime in Daly City against a U.S. Postal Service worker who is an Asian American, San Mateo County prosecutors said June 8. Lamont Demetrius West Verdon was charged with making criminal threats with a hate crime enhancement as well as […]

Suspect in attack on Asian American woman in NYC is arrested

NEW YORK — A parolee convicted of killing his mother nearly two decades ago was arrested on charges including felony assault as a hate crime for attacking an Asian American woman near New York City’s Times Square, police said early March 31. Police said Brandon Elliot, 38, is the man seen on video kicking and […]

Woman accused of spitting on Asian man faces hate crime

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — A woman accused of spitting on an Asian American man and yelling an ethnic slur as he dined outdoors in Silicon Valley has been charged with a misdemeanor hate crime and battery, officials said March 8. Karen Inman, 39, also told the man to “go back to where you came from” […]

Suspect faces hate crime, assault charges in attack on woman at train station

A San Francisco man suspected of attacking a woman and calling her ethnic slurs at a San Jose train station in early March was set to be arraigned March 12 in Santa Clara County Superior Court. The 26-year-old woman, who is of Asian descent, was waiting for a morning commuter train at Diridon Station about […]

Man arrested for alleged hate crime

FREMONT, Calif. — A 55 year old homeless man was arrested in Fremont early June 20 after he allegedly assaulted three passersby with a deadly weapon. Two victims called 911 at midnight, reporting an assault in the 39800 block of Sundale Drive. The caller said a homeless man was throwing rocks at his friend for […]

San Jose man arraigned in purse snatch robbery with all Asian victims

SAN JOSE — A 26-year-old man who was arrested May 11 after being caught on camera allegedly robbing and dragging a woman and her young daughter down a flight of stairs in San Jose was arraigned in Santa Clara County court May 15. Pablo Cabrera has been charged with five counts of strong-arm robbery and […]

Donation page at nearly $240K for girl in critical condition after alleged hate crime

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — A GoFundMe donation page has raised more than $613,000 for a 13-year-old girl in critical condition after being targeted by a driver in an alleged hate crime April 23 in Sunnyvale. The girl is a seventh-grader at Sunnyvale Middle School and was walking home from the library with her father and brother […]

Son of Union City police chief arrested in Manteca assault of 71-year-old Sikh man

The 18-year-old son of an East Bay police chief was arrested the morning of Aug. 8 on suspicion of assaulting a 71-year-old Sikh man in a case that the Manteca Police Department is investigating as a possible hate crime. Around 6 a.m. Aug. 6, the victim was walking in the vicinity of Graystone Park, listed […]

Berkeley man charged with hate crime for alleged rock attack on Asian man

BERKELEY, Calif. —A homeless Hispanic man was charged June 21 with assault with a deadly weapon and a hate crime enhancement for alleging attacking an Asian American man with a rock in downtown Berkeley the morning of June 19, prosecutors and police said. Jeffrey Pachingger, 38, voluntarily came to the Berkeley Police Department after the […]

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