SAN JOSE, Calif. – Police arrested a 32-year-old suspect on Wednesday morning March 10th on charges of hate crimes for assaulting a Filipino American woman at a Caltrain station in San Jose.
Santa Clara District Prosecutor’s Office said Friday that 32-year-old Johan Strydom will be charged with “assault by violence that may cause serious bodily harm” and “assault with intent to rape and assault” on charges of hate crime reform.
The Filipina, a 26-year-old medical worker who only wanted to be identified as Tiffany, took the Caltrain at Diridon Station in San Jose on her way to work in Palo Alto on Wednesday around 6:30 a.m., according to KTVU.
Identified as Strydom, the man suddenly grabbed Tiffany by the back of the neck, allegedly pulling back her hair and berating her for her Asian ethnicity.
Tiffany started screaming as Strydom supposedly forced her to the ground and tossed her back and forth. “He said fu, fu Asian, that’s totally bull,” she said. “While he was holding me on the floor with his grip on my hair.”
Spectators came to their rescue and yelled at the suspect to stop the attack. He tried to run away from the scene. Tiffany was not physically injured, Victoria O’Brien, Caltrain’s assistant safety director, told KTVU.
“A hate crime against a Filipino woman is an attack on all of us,” said Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara District Attorney.
One of the bystanders who witnessed the attack stayed with Strydom until the police arrived to arrest him.
“I hope that as a community we will help stop all racial violent crimes against us,” Tiffany told NextShark. “That even yelling at the attacking person can make a huge difference in saving a life. Nobody deserved to go through what I went through or all of those who were attacked. So as not to be afraid to call law enforcement because they are there to help and protect us. “
Strydom is being held without bail and will file a plea in May.
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