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Man arrested for alleged hate crime attack on Asian man at basketball game

Law enforcement officials have arrested a man accused of attacking an Asian man during a league basketball game in Azusa, California.

According to KTLA, the incident occurred over six months ago Dec. 23, 2022 at Azusa’s Memorial Park. Sebastian Espinosa, 27, allegedly attacked an Asian male playing in a basketball game without provocation.

“As the suspect was being pulled away from the victim he delivered on final attack by kicking the victim’s head and face before yelling a racially derogatory slur at the victim,” the Azusa Police Department said in a written statement, according to SGV Citywatch.

A courtside surveillance camera captured the attack on video. Police have not released the video.

Espinosa was taken into custody on June 15 in Ontario and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and a civil rights hate crime, KTLA reports. He is currently being held in an Azusa jail on $30,000 bail.

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