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Suspect Who Assaulted Asian American Community Leader Faces Hate Crime Charges

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Oakland authorities confirmed Monday that the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against the suspect accused of assaulting Chinatown Chamber of Commerce President Carl Chan, CBS San Francisco reports.

Parolee James Lee Ramsey, 25, has been charged with assault and a hate crime in connection with the attack on Chan that occurred last Thursday, according to KTVU. He has also been charged with violating parole.

The attack occurred the 400 block of 8th Street in Oakland. Chan said he was running errands when Ramsey approached him from behind, yelled racial slurs and knocked him to the ground.

“Foul words, either something bad word Chinatown or Chinaman,” Chan said he heard before being knocked to the ground, according to KTVU.

Police arrived on the scene and were able to locate Ramsey after a description from Chan.

Chan suffered cuts and bruises. He says he also blacked out momentarily, according to CBS San Francisco.

“He did not rob me so it was basically, is just an assault, and attack,” Chan told CBS San Francisco.

Chan was going to visit another Asian assault victim when he was attacked. He says his assault will not deter him from continuing his work in the Chinatown community.

“My body is hurt, my feeling is strong, even stronger than before, and my determination isn’t diminished because of this attack,” Chan told KTVU.

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