The Seattle Police Department has arrested a suspect in at least three separate “Anti-Asian Bias incidents” that were reported Saturday in the city’s Ballard neighborhood .
On Saturday, May 23rd, at 6:30 PM North Precinct officers responded to Golden Gardens Park for a report of a male in the park yelling at Asian park guests and chasing a female driver as she was trying to leave.
The victim was driving out of the parking lot and was stopped for traffic. The suspect allegedly approached the victim’s driver’s side window on foot, knocked on her window and asked, “Where are you from…where is your ID?” The suspect began taking photos of her car and said, “Chinese disease…they bring it here!”
The victim believed she was being targeted for her ethnicity and drove away. The suspect attempted to chase her car. The victim called 911 when she was at a safe location.
Officers were dispatched to another bias incident that was reported hours later but believed to have involved the same suspect in Golden Gardens.
Officers contacted a male and female who stated that they were at Golden Gardens Park and walking to their car around 6:45 PM when the suspect reportedly ran up to them in an aggressive manner, yelling. The suspect came within a few inches of the male victim’s face.
The suspect spit into the male victim’s face, striking his cheek. The suspect continued to yell at the victim, “Where are you from?”
The couple got into their car while the suspect continued to yell at them. The couple was able to leave the area and call police later.
The victims stated that they believe they were targeted because of their race.
Later, at approximately 8:30 PM, officers responded to yet another bias incident, this time in the 2000 block of NW Market Street.
Officer responded to a restaurant where employees reported that three hours prior, a man yelled racially biased remarks based on Asian heritage. The man then went into the restaurant and kicked a sign.
Officers contacted the victim who stated that at about 5:30PM a suspect approached their business and started knocking on the windows.
The suspect kicked over a stand located inside of the store, and threatened to throw a table at the victim. The suspect then picked up the wooden door stop and threw it.
The victim said that the same male came to the restaurant the day prior around the same time. During that incident the suspect yelled and caused a disturbance on the street.
The suspect has not been publicly identified as charges are pending.
Suspect arrested in 5/25 Ballard bias incident. Detectives still investigating other cases. Updates as they become available.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) May 26, 2020