Authorities arrested a man in Southern California on federal charges of interfering with an anti-Asian hate rally in March of last year.
Steve Lee Dominguez is accused by a federal grand jury of deliberately running a red light, blick the path of demonstrators legally using a crosswalk while yelling racial slurs at them.
He faces two counts of bias-motivated interference with a protected activity.
The rally occurred in Diamond Bar on March 21, 2021.
A Diamond Bar man was arrested today on federal charges alleging that he disrupted a “Stop Asian Hate” rally in March 2021 by deliberately running a red light, blocking the path of demonstrators lawfully using a crosswalk and yelling racial epithets at them.
Police say Dominguez screamed “Go Back to China” and other racial epithets at the demonstrators.
He also deliberately made a U-Turn to block the protestors from proceeding.
Six Asian American women had been murdered in Atlanta just five days earlier.
One demonstrator included a 9-year-old child who police say Dominguez’ car narrowly missed hitting. Another was a Black woman ally.
If convicted of the two charges in the indictment, Dominguez would face a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
Any member of the public who has information related to this incident or other hate crimes is encouraged to call the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office at (310) 477-6565 or report tips online at https://tips.fbi.gov.
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