On Friday, a 15-year-old boy was arrested for the attack on an Asian couple in Washington State. He was arrested in a video this week and shared widely on social media.
The video shows a man in a red hoodie running next to the couple and swinging at the man when the woman is crying. In another video clip, the man was being cursed and appeared to be pushed or beaten by the person who recorded the video. The person also stated that he punched the victim̵
NBC Seattle bureau KING-TV reported that the 56-year-old man suffered a rib fracture in the attack. Although a video of the attack was shared on social media this week, the incident occurred in November last year.
Police spokesman Wendy Haddow told NBC News in an email that the attack was reported to Tacoma police at the time.
She said: “The only suspicious intelligence at the time was two black men aged between 13 and 17.” “There was no known video at the time.”
However, the victim’s family contacted the authorities after seeing the replayed video in the news this week, Hado said.
The police did not disclose the identity of the 15-year-old man detained. The police said in a statement that the teenager has been charged with second-degree assault.
Tacoma police said earlier this week that they are investigating the attack as a hate crime, but KING-TV reported that the authorities could not say whether they would prosecute like this.
Although the police had no motive for the attack, the Asian couple was attacked due to the recent increase in ethnically motivated attacks against Asian Americans nationwide.
According to an analysis of preliminary police data by the Center for Hate and Extremism Research at California State University San Bernardino, by 2020, anti-Asian hate crimes in the 16 largest cities in the United States have increased by 149%. This surge has occurred with the overall decline in hate crimes.
According to the report, the first peak of hate crimes occurred in March and April last year, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.