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Assault on 83-year-old Korean Woman Not Investigated As Hate Crime

(Editor Note: This story occurred in 2017. The social media post above somehow made the rounds and we did not do our due diligence in determining when this actually happened. We apologize for the error)

Social media posts about an attack Wednesday on an 83-year old Korean woman in Los Angeles alleging the assailant yelled “white power” before fleeing have gone viral.

The LA Times reports the victim suffered a one-inch cut to her left cheek as a result of the fall and had pain in her knee. Police said it was not immediately clear what motivated the attack.

Alleged assailant Alexis Duvall, 27, initially identified herself as Patty Garcia and screamed obscenities as she was being arrested, according to Daily Mail.

Next Shark reported that a bystander, Chong Lee, heard Duvall yell “White power!” before running away. Lee followed the assailant for six blocks “while calling the police and stayed with her until he saw her get arrested,” according to a post on Facebook which has since been removed.

The Los Angeles Police Department stated that none of the witnesses told investigators that they heard racial remarks and so the attack is not being investigated as a hate crime. Seng Vongphrachanh, a Koreatown resident, who also chased after Duvall, claims that she repeatedly yelled ‘power is power’ and the N-word. Vongphrachanh maintains that she gave investigators that account.

Duvall was booked on suspicion of battery and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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