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District Attorney’s office files charges, including hate crime allegations, for string of robberies against Asian women

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Rachel Marshall, (415) 416-4468 / Rachel.Marshall@sfgov.org

Director of Communications / Policy Advisor / Assistant District Attorney    

Today, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced the filing of seven felony charges, including hate crime allegations, against O’Sean Garcia for seven separate robberies against Asian women. The District Attorney’s Office alleges that the string of offenses were racially motivated. Mr. Garcia is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon and the District Attorney’s Office is seeking his detention.

“We do not tolerate hate or violence in San Francisco, and those who commit violence or target our AAPI community members will be held accountable,” said District Attorney Boudin.  “We know the pain that crimes like this can cause to the broader community; these attacks against Asian women occurred during a time when many in the AAPI community across the nation have felt especially vulnerable.  We condemn these crimes and we will continue to work to protect the AAPI community and keep everyone safe.”

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has charged Mr. Garcia with the following counts:  1) Robbery (Penal Code Section 211) on September 21, 2021, with a hate crime allegation; 2) Robbery (Penal Code Section 211) on March 13, 2o21, with a hate crime allegation; 3) Attempted robbery on March 13, 2021, with a hate crime allegation; 4) Attempted robbery on March 13, 2021, with a hate crime allegation; 5) Robbery on March 20, 2021, with a hate crime allegation; 6) Attempted robbery on August 5, 2021, with a hate crime allegation; and 7) Robbery on August 5, 2021, with a hate crime allegation.

District Attorney Boudin urges members of the AAPI community, particularly the elderly, who feel unsafe to reach out for support.  Seniors in need of escorts for activities like medical appointments or grocery shopping can reach out to Self Help for the Elderly’s escort program.  A flyer in Chinese is available here

Those who may have witnessed or experienced a hate crime should call the San Francisco District Attorney’s Hate Crime hotline at (628) 652-4311.

中文

 

地區檢察署對針對亞裔女性的一系列搶劫案提出指控,包括仇恨犯罪指控

 

三藩市 今天,三藩市地檢官博徹思宣布,對 O’Sean Garcia 提出7項指控,包括7項獨立的針對亞裔女性搶劫罪及仇恨犯罪控罪。地檢署指稱,這一系列罪行是出於種族動機。Mr. Garcia 已定於今天下午提堂,地檢署正在尋求他還押羈留。

 

「我們不會容忍三藩市的仇恨或暴力,那些施行暴力或針對我們亞太裔社群成員的人將會被追究責任。」地檢官博徹思說:「我們理解這般罪行會對更廣泛的社群造成苦痛;這些針對亞裔女性的襲擊,發生在全國亞太裔社群中許多人感到特別脆弱的時期。我們譴責這些罪行,並將繼續致力保護亞太裔社群及確保所有人的安全。」

 

三藩市地檢署對 Mr. Garcia 提出下述指控:1) 2021921日的搶劫罪(刑法第211節),加控仇恨犯罪;2) 2021313日的搶劫罪(刑法第211節),加控仇恨犯罪;3) 2021313的企圖搶劫罪,加控仇恨犯罪;4) 2021313日的企圖搶劫罪,加控仇恨犯罪;5) 2021320日的搶劫罪,加控仇恨犯罪;6) 202185日的企圖搶劫罪,加控仇恨犯罪;7) 202185日的搶劫罪,加控仇恨犯罪。

 

這些罪行是今年3月至9月之間發生的七起獨立事件。每一名受害者都是亞裔女性,其中多人只懂說粵語。

 

313日,據稱 Mr. Garcia 犯下三起不同的搶劫案。一名40歲說粵語的亞裔女性受害者,晚上

730分在家門外,一嫌犯抓住她的背包並拉倒她在地來奪取,另一嫌犯則幫助取走背包。另一名 18歲亞裔受害者,據稱在晚上約830分在步行回家時遭遇搶劫未遂,當時一名男子走向她並試圖搶奪她的手袋;受害者用胡椒噴劑噴向男子面部,導致他放開手袋和逃走。第三名受害者是29歲亞裔女性,據稱在晚上約9時遭遇搶劫未遂,當時一名嫌犯要求她交出手袋,然後試圖搶奪她的背包。因為受害者緊緊抓住背包,嫌犯最終放棄。所有搶劫案都涉及一輛紅色轎車。

 

2021320日,一名52只懂說粵語的亞裔女性受害者,據稱在下午約545分步行時,被兩名男子搶奪她緊握手中的錢包。她被推倒在地及被拖行,其後男子取走她的錢包並登車逃去。

 

202185日,兩起搶劫案發生時間僅相隔10分鐘。第一起在上午約1020分,一名36歲只懂說粵語的亞裔女性受害者,在她的車道上感到背包被抓住,她即抓著肩帶和倒地尖叫。她的母親從屋內走出並對兩名嫌犯喊叫,兩人放棄搶奪及登車逃逸。第二起在同日上午約1030分,一名61歲說粵語的亞裔受害者在回家途中,被一名嫌犯從後走近並從她手中搶走手袋。

 

最近一起事件發生在20219 21日下午約555分,當時這名27歲亞裔受害者在下車時被搶走背包。背包內有許多物品,包括她的筆記本電腦,這物品讓警方作出追查並幫助找到 Mr. Garcia

 

地檢官博徹思敦促亞太裔社群成員,尤其是感到不安全尋求支援的長者。當長者需要護送參與醫療預約或貨物採購等活動,可以聯繫安老自助處的長者護伴服務。請按這裡查閱中文傳單。

 

那些可能目睹或經歷仇恨犯罪的人士,應致電三藩市地檢署的仇恨罪案熱線 (628) 652-4311

 

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