KOREAN GRANDMA HIT BY MENTALLY ILL, HOMELESS WOMAN NOT ACCUSED WITH HATE CRIME BECAUSE NONE OF WITNESSES HEARD ALLEGED ‘WHITE POWER’ AND N-WORD SCREAM
( LATimes ) An 83-year-old Korean woman was assaulted in Koreatown on Wednesday afternoon in an attack that became the subject of a viral social media post, which said the assailant had yelled “white power” before fleeing.
But none of the witnesses to the assault told investigators that they heard the suspect, who is now in custody, make racial remarks, said Sgt. Randy Espinoza of the Los Angeles Police Department. The attack is not being investigated as a hate crime, he said
Officers were called to the corner of Western Avenue and Council Street around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on report of a battery. A witness told officers that the suspect punched the elderly woman in the back of her head, causing her to fall to the ground, according to Espinoza.
The victim suffered a one-inch cut to her left cheek as a result of the fall and had pain in her knee, Espinoza said. Police said it was not immediately clear what motivated the attack.
The suspect, 27, was booked on suspicion of battery and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. She gave her name as Patty Garcia, but fingerprints identified her as Alexis Duvall, Espinoza said.
The sergeant said the suspect appeared to be under the influence or mentally ill, and said she was homeless. She yelled obscenities at officers as she was being booked at the LAPD’s Olympic Station, Espinoza said