Houston woman captured on video hitting Korean store owner indicted for hate crime

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A Harris County grand jury has actually returned a hate criminal offense improvement versus one of 2 females recorded on video associated with a ruthless attack of a Korean shopkeeper.

Harris County District Lawyer Kim Ogg stated Keaundra Young now deals with a hate criminal offense improvement on the existing misdemeanor charge.

“Houston is a place where people look out for each other, where neighbors help neighbors,” Ogg stated. “Allegations like this, where someone would attack and terrorize another person because of their race, is counter to the cultural diversity we embrace.”

The attack occurred on March 17 inside the Prosperous Appeal Supply No. 10 shop in north Houston.

“Its important to use the law we have to hold people accountable who don’t just commit crimes, but they commit them with racial, or other bias, in their motive for committing the crime,” stated Ogg.

ORIGINAL STORY: Video catches attack on Korean shopkeeper in north Houston

In the monitoring video, you can see shopkeeper, Jung Kim, get batter by Young as her cousin, Dequiesha Williams, appears to attempt to pull Young far from the victim.

If Young is founded guilty on the hate criminal offense improvement, she can confront a year in prison. Young was not house when Eyewitness News inspected, and her lawyer stated he was not knowledgeable about the boosted charges up until we called.

In addition, she is likewise charged with intensified attack, a second-degree felony, in connection with an effort to strike a shopkeeper’s relative with an automobile outside the appeal supply shop.

Williams, 22, is charged with misdemeanor attack for supposedly striking Kim’s adult kid, which was likewise recorded on video. She is not charged with a hate criminal offense.

“I got a lot of customers they come to the store and give us a hug and pray for us, they pray for my family,” stated Sunjun Lee, the kid of shopkeeper Kim. Lee stated the household is attempting not to concentrate on the attack, however it’s been hard.

Lee likewise validated that the FBI has actually gone to the shop on 2 events, though it doubts whether either lady will deal with federal charges.

Kim, who suffered a damaged nose, informed us she is “still scared,” however stayed operating at the shop. She even had a huge smile while welcoming clients.

Ogg stated the attack has actually increased calls to her workplace from Asian neighborhoods.

“The Asian community has been contacting me, members from all ethnic groups, [saying] that they’re afraid. They want to know the police is going to respond to them if they’re being targeted for their minority status.”

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