Suspect Bernard Shifman appeared in court earlier this week, accused of throwing rocks at Jade Palace and Lotus Garden in Eugene and causing more than one thousand dollars in damage. In addition, Yi Shen Restaurant and Market was vandalized multiple times this year in a separate case.
“I’m just happy that the case has garnered attention, brought the community together, and there was some sort of action to show that, hey, we as a community are watching and we work closely with the city and the police department in helping us apprehend the situation, resolve the situation and hope to deter future situations,” said David Tam of the Asian Pacific Islander Community Action Team.
The group formed in response to the vandalism and has raised money to buy security cameras for various Asian businesses.
“Unfortunately, they (the vandalism) are continuing to happen at other locations with other businesses,” Tam said.
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