Couple who allegedly targeted Asian women face hate crime charge

Two people have been charged with hate crimes after allegedly targeting Asian women in a series of robberies in Sacramento, police said.

The robberies took place between April and May at shopping malls in Sacramento’s Stockton Boulevard neighborhood, city police said in a statement.

The suspects, identified as Latravion Mccockran, 20, and a 17-year-old man, allegedly targeted the women as they left the malls, assaulting and injuring them.

The suspects stole thousands of dollars in cash, jewelry and other items, police said.

Sacramento police detectives identified and located the suspects’ vehicle and reportedly found “evidence relating to the thefts”. Both were identified and arrested in June.

During the investigation, detectives reportedly found evidence that the victims were targeted because of their race.

This week, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office added a hate crime enhancement to the robbery charges, police said.

The charges come weeks after the release of a California Department of Justice report that showed a 177% increase in hate crimes against Asians between 2020 and 2021. The number of incidents rose from 89 in 2020 to 247 in 2021, according to the report. In 2020, hate crimes against Asians accounted for approximately 8% of reported race-based hate crimes in the state. Last year, they represented 21%.

Hate crimes increased overall in 2021, with those against Latinos up 30%, against blacks up 13% and against Jews up 32%.

Los Angeles Times

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