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Authorities in Virginia have arrested a suspect who allegedly used anti-Asian racial slurs against two restaurant employees before pushing one of them to the ground, all while skipping out on his bill.
Jordon Bevan, 28, has been taken into custody and charged with defrauding an innkeeper as well as felony assault and battery. The Arlington County Police Department announced his arrest on May 11.
The alleged assault occurred on May 4 shortly before 6 p.m at the Bonsai Grill in Crystal City. When officers arrived on the scene, it was determined that the suspect left the restaurant without paying for his meal.
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"Two employees approached the suspect outside the establishment and requested he return to pay. The suspect continued walking away and when one employee began recording him, he pushed the other employee to the ground and ran off towards Richmond Highway," the Arlington County Police Department said in a statement. "The victim of the assault did not require medical treatment."
Restaurant employees told Fox5 news that Bevan bought $70 worth of sushi rolls. When he left without settling the bill, two employees—a mother and son, both Asian—caught up to him outside the establishment.
Bevan then allegedly refused to return to the grill and pushed the woman to the ground. The son, Henry Kim, then took out his phone and began recording.
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The man immediately behaved differently as soon as he saw someone else recording him on their smartphone.The alleged incident occurred in Richmond, a city in the eastern Canadian province of British Columbia. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have begun circulating the man's image as a suspect in the "hate incident.
"He said – 'You Asians, get out of my face. I don't want the coronavirus from you guys,'" Kim told Fox5. "I was a little bit frustrated, but at the same time – it's not the first this has happened to me."
Police said in their initial statement that "in accordance with Virginia law, this incident has been reported to Virginia State Police as a possible hate crime."
Nationally, hate-fueled crimes against Asian Americans have spiked by 150 percent last year. There were 122 incidents of anti-Asian-American hate crimes in 16 of the country's most populous cities in 2020, according to data compiled by California State University's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.
Research from the nonprofit Stop AAPI Hate also found that nearly 3,800 anti-Asian hate incidents were reported over the course of one year during the coronavirus pandemic. More than 500 of those incidents took place in the first two months of 2021 alone.
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The House of Representatives is poised on Tuesday to give final passage to the Senate COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to address the rise in violence against Asian Americans. The Senate, in an increasingly rare bipartisan effort, voted 94-1 last month to pass the bicameral resolution "condemning the horrific shootings in Atlanta, Georgia on March 16th and reaffirming the House's commitment to combating hate, bigotry, and violence against the AAPI community." Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, who challenged the results of the 2020 election after the Capitol attack, was the lone vote against it.
Kim told Fox5 that his mom was "doing a lot better" after the incident.
"Thank, God. When she fell down, she was really hurt in the elbows and hands," he said.
Newsweek reached out to the Arlington County Police Department for additional comment, but did not receive a response before publication.
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Health care workers are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, risking their lives to protect Americans from illness and even death. © Provided to CNN Among them are countless Asian American medical professionals, serving as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, lab technicians and more. But as they work around the clock to stop the virus from spreading, many are having to confront another danger: hate.Misplaced blame for the coronavirus pandemic has made Asian Americans a target for increased harassment and even violence.