An Asian American woman was assaulted while on her way to work in Culver City Monday morning. The Culver City Police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, NBC Los Angeles reports.
The victim was walking to work around 1 a.m. on June 14, in the 13300 block of Washington Boulevard, when the suspect approached her.
The police released a statement that stated the male suspect asked the victim for a cigarette. The victim was fearful of the suspect and told him that she did not have a cigarette. She attempted to walk away.
According to NBC Los Angeles, the male suspect then allegedly “approached her from behind, yelled a racial slur and hit her on the right side of her head with an unknown object causing her to fall to the ground.” After striking her, he fled westbound on Washington Boulevard.
The woman suffered a severe laceration on her right ear. She was taken to a hospital by police and is expected to make a full recovery.
My News LA reported that the suspect was described as white, about 35 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall and heavyset, with light-colored hair, possibly balding.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Culver City Police Department Detective Bureau at 310-253-6300.
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