NYPD Seeking Information on Suspects in Apparent Anti-Asian Hate Crime Assault

Surveillance video of suspects in an anti-Asian hate crime that allegedly occurred on the New York subway last month. (Photo credit: NYPD)
Surveillance video of suspects in an anti-Asian hate crime that allegedly occurred on the New York subway last month. (Photo credit: NYPD)

Gothamist reports today that the NYPD are seeking the public’s help in identifying two suspects in an alleged anti-Asian hate crime that occurred last month on the New York City subway.

According to police, a 29 year old Asian American woman was riding the 1 subway with her parents when she reported that two women boarded the car she was in at the 86th street station. The women, who were reportedly wearing multicoloured leis, approached the victim and began beating her while shouting anti-Asian slurs.

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Suspect in Triple Homicide Found Mentally Incompetent to Stand Trial As Family Demands Hate Crime Charges

Dan Popp appears in court. (Photo credit: Fox6)
Dan Popp appears in court. (Photo credit: Fox6)

The suspect in a triple homicide that claimed the lives of three people of colour was found mentally incompetent to stand trial today, and was transferred to a mental health facility pending treatment.

Last month, Dan Popp was arrested after he allegedly shot to death his neighbour Jesus Manso-Perez and wounding Manso-Perez’s son, before allegedly breaking into the home of Phia and Mai Vue — both Hmong American —  and killing them in front of their horrified children and babysitter. Popp reportedly remarked on Manso-Perez’s ethnicity — he was Puerto Rican — saying that “you guys got to go” before Popp embarked on the unprovoked shooting spree.

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Three Killed by Neighbour in Xenophobic Shooting in Wisconsin

Phia and Mai Vue. (Photo Credit: Vue/Xiong Family / GoFundMe)
Phia and Mai Vue. (Photo Credit: Vue/Xiong Family / GoFundMe)

On the evening of Saturday, March 5th, 39-year-old Dan Popp was by his apartment when he called out to 40-year-old Jesus R. Manso-Perez — a neighbour who was going to their building’s common laundry room with his son — to offer him a beer. Manso-Perez refused the offer, at which point Popp asked him where he was from. When Manso-Perez responded that he was from Puerto Rico, Popp allegedly said, “Oh, that’s why you don’t speak English. You’re Puerto Rican.”

Minutes later, as Manso-Perez and his son walked back from the laundry room, Popp again confronted the father and son, this time with a rifle in hand. According to Manso-Perez’s son, who survived the attack, Popp shot them at point-blank range saying, “You guys got to go.”

After shooting Manso-Perez and his son, Popp allegedly then kicked down the door of 36-year-old Phia Vue and his 32-year-old wife, Mai K. Vue where he found the couple along with their four children and a babysitter. Popp allegedly shot and killed Phia in the family’s home, and then dragged Mai Vue upstairs where he shot and killed her. The babysitter and the four children were able to escape during the chaos.

As far as I’m concerned, this is what a hate crime looks like — one that I find unspeakably tragic and enraging.

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Bronx Man Assaulted For Wearing Shalwar Kameez, Called “ISIS” During Attack

A man models a white shalmar kameez with the intricate embroidery style popular in Pakistan.
A man models a white shalmar kameez with an intricate decorative embroidery detail around the collar.

The New York Times reports that a 43-year-old South Asian man was assaulted by two men yesterday while he was walking with his niece in Parkchester in the early evening.

Two unknown assailants approached the victim and began punching him while yelling “ISIS! ISIS!”; when the victim fell to the ground, they proceeded to kick him as well, leaving him with multiple bruises to the head and face. The victim’s niece was apparently unharmed.

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Community Offers Rewards for Information in Fresno Attacks on Sikh American Men | #WhyWeAreHere

Amrik Singh Bal recovers at his home after being assaulted on December 26, 2015. (Photo Credit: Sacramento Bee)
Amrik Singh Bal recovers at his home after being assaulted on December 26, 2015. (Photo Credit: Sacramento Bee)

By now, readers of this blog are familiar with America’s rising epidemic of Islamophobic hate crimes, which target both Muslim Americans and those whom racists suspect of being Muslim. Because Sikh American men — typically of Indian descent — often wear visible articles of their faith including a turban and beard, they are part of this latter group vulnerable to Islamophobic violence.

Sadly, such attacks have only become more frequent in number. In September, Inderjit Singh Mukker was brutalized by a Chicago-area teenager who called him slurs during the assault; that attacker later plead guilty to hate crime charges. Several Sikh-owned properties have been vandalized in the last year, including an Orange County gurdwara which was spray-painted with the words “Fuck ISIS”. And, in Fresno, California, the first homicide victim of 2016 was Gurcharan Singh Gill, a 68-year-old Sikh American man found stabbed to death in an auto repair shop in a suspected hate crime.

Gill was the second Sikh American to be the victim of violence in Fresno, California in the last month.

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