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Eastbank Esplanade Assault Results in Bias Crime Charges

July 02, 2022 23:04


An assault on the Eastbank Esplanade has resulted in the arrest of a suspect and Bias Crime charges.

On Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 3:45p.m., Central Precinct Officers were dispatched to a report of an assault in progress the Eastbank Esplanade, just south of the Hawthorne Bridge. As officers responded, they learned that the suspect was leaving the scene. Officers located and detained the suspect nearby.

Officers contacted the victims, a 36-year-old man from California and his 5-year-old daughter, and learned that they were hurt but they did not require immediate medical attention. Officers learned that the man was riding bikes with his wife and daughter when the suspect approached, made comments about his perception that they were of Japanese descent, and began punching the man in his head. The suspect then punched the 5-year-old girl in her bike helmet numerous times. Nearby witnesses quickly intervened and the suspect began walking away. Several witnesses remained at the

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