‘Person of interest’ identified in bias crimes against Asians

SEATTLE — Police are investigating a growing number of crimes targeting Asians during the outbreak.

Seattle officers say the racist attacks started late Saturday afternoon in the heart of Ballard and moved to Golden Gardens Park.

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They believe one man is responsible for all the incidents.

A victim at Golden Gardens Park said the man spat in his face. The workers at Thai Thani Restaurant said the man picked up things and threw those at them while demanding to know if they are “Chinese.”

“I hear some noise, and I see some guy like angry, yelling.”

That was the first time when Umboom Moore knew something unusual was happening Saturday night at the Thai restaurant where she works.

“Just like some crazy guy,” she said. “So I just start taking picture.”

Her co-worker, Natthiya Chumdee, said he was yelling at her.

“Like right over there, he smashed the window,” she said, “Like so aggressive.”

When he asked if she is Chinese, she told him everyone there is Thai. He asked her to kneel and swear to it.

“Well, I’m not going to do that,” she said. “He’s starting like lose control. And he comes here, and he says, ‘You know, I’m going to slam the door, this table to you.’”

The night before, Tonya McCabe got the brunt of his anger.

“He said like, ‘Are you Chinese?’” she said. “And I said, ‘No, we’re not.’ And he still keep like yelling at us. And I said, ‘If you’re not going to leave, I’m like going to call 911.’ And then he said, ‘Better f***ing call 911.’”

Just last week, a man was captured on camera shoving an Asian couple as they walked by. They told Seattle police he spat on them, too.

The man in these latest attacks is described as white, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, in his mid-20s to mid-30s and is of a muscular build. He was wearing a white shirt and shorts. It is the same suspect description in two attacks at Golden Gardens Park Saturday night.

“I stand back there and be like yell to him to like ‘Get out, leave,!’” said McCabe.

It has McCabe and the others working at this restaurant finding a different way to get around this city that is now their home.

“I’m afraid to like walk on the street or take a bus,” said McCabe.

They tell us the man also approached other Asian businesses in this area before apparently heading to Golden Gardens Park.

Anyone who recognizes him is asked to call Seattle police.

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