SAN RAMON, California– A man caught on video spewing racist and homophobic language at a woman and her friend at a Northern California In-N-Out on Christmas Eve has been arrested, police say.
Danville on Christmas morning was the last place and time Abigail Halili and her siblings expected an aggressive encounter.
“We heard a guy who was parked in his car yelling out his window and saying move on, you need to get off this business. ‘You were the people who destroyed and robbed these stores,'” Halili said.
The taunts quickly turned racist and included an obscene hand gesture.
“We didn’t know what to do and he kept saying, ‘You guys are Filipino idiots. You guys are probably selling cocaine. You’re dealers,’” says Halili.
Thanks to social media, the Halili family quickly learned that they weren’t the only Asian Americans in the East Bay who were the target of these racist tirades.
San Ramon Police have told our sister station KGO-TV that the suspect seen in Halili’s video is the man they accused Monday afternoon in connection with a racist and homophobic tirade at an In-N-Out in San Arrested Ramon on Christmas Eve.
Arine Kim and her boyfriend Elliot Ha were filming a video for TikTok when they also said a man happened to approach them and heaped insults so vulgar that they tried to laugh.
A man can be heard saying from the off: “… are you filming yourselves eating? You guys are weird homosexuals.”
Ha is seen reacting quickly to the man, turning away from the gravity of what is happening.
“I didn’t take it seriously at the moment, but after that it started hitting me, wow, that’s serious,” Ha said.
As in Danville, the hate speech quickly escalated.
The man eventually leaves and comes back with the question, “Are you Japanese or Korean?” When Ha replies that he is Korean, the man replies with “You are Kim Jong Un’s boyfriend?” And moments later he says, “Normally I could spit in your face… that’s Filipino shit.”
After KGO’s story aired on Christmas Eve, San Ramon Police said they were inundated with leads from the public. This contributed to the arrest of a Denver man with Bay Area ties.
Both sets of victims recognize the power to speak out.
“Not to make it seem like a big deal, I think a lot of Asians are doing that… I want to create more awareness about it and let people see how bad it is,” Kim said.
Her opinion is also shared by Adriana Halili.
“I want people to learn that hate crimes against Asian Americans are a very real thing,” Halili said.
The person we are not naming or showing his face because he has not been charged has been charged with two counts of hate crimes with others pending.
At a time when hate crimes against Asian Americans have increased, the Anjo Halili family believes the swift arrest sends a powerful message to the community.
“It gives me a safe feeling that people are starting to take these crimes seriously,” Halili said.
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