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Suspect in egg-throwing incident charged with hate crimes

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced Wednesday she will seek hate crime charges against a man accused of harassing Asian passengers on a city bus.

The San Francisco Standard reports a visitor from New York tweeted several photos and videos of the man on February 16.

“Racially motivated crimes are unacceptable and will be prosecuted,” Jenkins said in a statement. “Hate crimes profoundly impact victims and are toxic to our community that strives to be a safe haven that is open and welcoming to all people.”

CBS5 reports that Joseph Benjamin has been arrested and charged with four counts of battery on a transit employee and passengers. He’s accused of Asian American bus driver on February 13th. Then on the 16th he allegedly threw eggs at two Asian American Muni passengers and a third person who tried to help the other victims.

He could face up to 7 years in prison if convicted on all four counts.

Police are continuing to build their case. If you know anything about this incident, you are urged to contact the San Francisco Police Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444.

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